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Workshop on project-based learning!

International Workshop for Research on Project Based Learning (PBL) in Engineering Education
Announcement and Call for Applicants
Applications are due Friday, April 24, 2009

Participants are sought for an engineering education research workshop on project based learning (PBL), to be held June 23-25, 2009 at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK. On June 23-24, participants will attend a meeting on “Enhancing Project Based Learning in Engineering,” organized by the UK Engineering Subject Center and engCETL. Attendees will engage a wide range of theoretical, pedagogical, and practical considerations related to designing, implementing and evaluating project based learning. On June 25, approximately seven U.S. participants will join an equal number of mainly European colleagues to formulate research strategies for studying PBL in engineering education.

Workshop goals include fostering international research collaborations between participants and promoting the development of an international community of scholars. Our workshop planning committee has already announced a US-Europe Workshop on Gender and Diversity, and is making plans for a third workshop on web-based learning to be held in tandem with AAEE Annual Conference in Australia in December, 2009. You may only participate in one of these workshops.

Participants may also be interested in attending the STEM Pedagogy Research Methods 2009 Symposium at Loughborough University on June 30, 2009. Additionally, the European Society of Engineering Education (SEFI) Annual Conference will take place Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 1-4, 2009. The early registration deadline for SEFI is May 1, 2009 ).


Participants should be tenure track faculty, graduate students, post-docs, or others conducting research in the field of engineering education. Selection criteria for participants include: empirical research experience in PBL in engineering education, potential to advance the field of engineering education, and diversity (broadly defined).

Additional Requirements

This workshop is funded by the US National Science Foundation (Award #0810990), as part of on-going research. If selected to attend the workshop, you will be asked to fill out anonymous evaluation surveys. Workshop interactions will also be observed (but not audio or video recorded) for research purposes. By accepting an invitation to attend the workshop, you imply consent to these procedures. If you wish to opt-out of the research and evaluation procedures, or if you have any questions, please contact the workshop organizers.

How to apply

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 24, 2009, 11:59pm EDT. Applications can be submitted online at: You will be asked to describe your current research in terms of guiding questions, theories, and methodologies. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by May 1, 2009.

Accepted US participants will receive $2,000-3,000 reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses, depending on availability of funds and actual travel expenses (e.g. east coast vs. west coast travelers; receipts will be required). Workshop attendance is limited to selected and invited participants.

Workshop Planning Committee

Brent Jesiek, Purdue University
Johannes Strobel, Purdue University
Carol Arlett, Loughborough University
Marjahan Begum, Loughborough University
Maura Borrego, Virginia Tech
Kacey Beddoes, Virginia Tech

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