讲座题目：WPI’sPlan for Project-based Learning around the Globe
讲 座 人：Jennifer Rudolph (AssociateProfessor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
Project-basedlearning (PBL), an approach where students tackle real-world challenges withfaculty guidance, has gained popularity in engineering programs in the US because ofits combination of actual situational problems and active learningtechniques. Worcester PolytechnicInstitute (WPI), a small, nationally ranked science and engineering universityin Massachusetts,is recognized as a pioneer in PBL as the university has employed PBL as thecore of its undergraduate education for 40 years. This talk presents how WPI has managed tosend more than 50% of its engineering students to its more than 30 projectcenters around the globe for a PBL experience. It also presents data showingthe long-lasting impact of the combination of PBL and overseas experience, asstudents indicate the impact of overseas PBL experiences on their professionaland personal development well after graduation.
JenniferRudolph is Associate Professor of Chinese history and Associate Head of theHumanities and Arts Department at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, as well as an Associate in Research at Harvard University’sFairbank Center for East Asian Studies. She earned her BA from the University of Chicagoand her MA and PhD from the Universityof Washington in Seattle. She was a founding member of the Urban China Research Network and servedon its steering committee and international advisory board. Her first book, Negotiated Power in Late Imperial China: the ZongliYamen and thePolitics of Reform, was published by the Cornell University East AsiaSeries (2008).