Czech University of Life Sciences Prague was granted for the first time by the ELLS (Euroleague for Life Sciences) Fund for Incentives. This project is called the implementation of Project-Based Learning among Master’s degree students in selected ELLS Universities (iPBL-EU) and is coordinated by the FTA (CZU) together with partners from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences - BOKU (Austria) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - SLU (Sweden).
This project aims to give an incentive to implement the project-based learning (PBL) within the subject area of Plant Health into the courses at the selected ELLS Universities, namely BOKU, CZU and SLU. Its objective is to deepen the Master's degree students’ knowledge in the subject by using innovative teaching methods based on the real-time study cases from the practices. The project objectives are in line with ELLS priorities such as: (i) joint teaching and learning among three universities by implementing the project-based learning as an innovative teaching approach the in the area of Plant Health, (ii) implement of student and staff mobility by providing students travel grants for ELLS conference, and (iii) support quality assurance by combining experiences from three universities.
Within the selected Plant Health courses at each university, the students will cooperate in groups under the supervision of their mentors to address the given research problem and conclude it in a written summary supplied by a short oral presentation and 2 pages project proposal. In addition, the students of the course “Project monitoring and Evaluation” taught at CZU will design the evaluation criteria and system for the selection of the winning team. While designing their own problem solutions, the students will improve their teamwork as well as networking, communication, problem-solving skills and will learn how to creatively address current research topics in a way that is understandable to the broader audience.
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