Collaborative work as a teaching-learning strategy, a powerful tool for the 21st century

Published in: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities and Communities: Proceedings of the 17th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education and Technology
Date of Conference: July 24-26, 2019
Location of Conference: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Authors: Liz Karen Herrera Quintero (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, CO)
Maria Alejandra Guzman Pardo (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, CO)
Andres Fernando Gil Plazas (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje, CO)
(Universidad Nacional de Colombia)
Full Paper: #305


Mechanical engineering, a program that has existed for more than 50 years at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, has undergone adjustments in accordance with the dynamics of the institution over time. It is a leader in the country in the training of mechanical engineers, who contribute solutions to meet the needs of society. The program has strengthened its research and training capacity in recent years, supported by funding programs and support to improve the laboratories, research groups and departments offered by the university and the faculty. In engineering education, the program must develop professional skills, including applying engineering knowledge; designing and conducting experiments; identifying, formulating and solving engineering problems; recognizing contemporary problems; and using modern techniques and tools for the practice of engineering. The application of information and communications technology (ICT), problem-based learning (PBL), and concurrent engineering (CE) tools plays a critical role in allowing students to understand the professional roles in the industry. The Industrial 4.0 technology is an example of a system that is integral in helping learners relate better to events taking place in the real world. Similarly, teaching and learning methodologies must integrate platforms that promote professionalism, allowing learners to connect with the future. In this research, we propose to study, from the students’ perspective, to what extent a PBL approach, including concurrent engineering methodologies and ICT tools in a manufacturing processes course, contributes to bridging the gap between technical and professional or interpersonal skills. We focus on the impact of collaborative learning as a useful tool to achieve the development of a project based on learning competencies through the use of ICT tools and work methodologies as concurrent engineering. Finally, I emphasize the digitalization process as a way to help students interact and exchange knowledge, which fosters a sense of community.