Created’ Collaboration Model: An Effective E-Studio Learning Approach
Charu Monga, Assistant Professor (India)
Iko Avital, Head, Mechanical Engineering Department (Israel)
Meenakshi Monga, Senior Researcher, UNICEF (India)
In the learning situations when students from different disciplines like Engineering and Design as also belonging to different countries, one needs to organize new and innovative learning methods, which draws upon the various capabilities of learners and resources of learning to overcome cross cultural and cross discipline differences. Primary among them is creativity, urge to learn together for mutual benefit accuracy and sharing with a process of integration. The learning organized is not only unique but also simultaneously beneficial to a widely divergent group of learners as also results into integrative and creative outcomes. One such method, which may be called the Created Collab Method for E-Studio learning Approach, was evolved for this purpose. This involves shift from teacher centric to learning centric approach.
The principal objective of this paper is to demonstrate how E-Studio as an approach was effective as a case study of online learning as also its effectiveness was accessed in the domain of short-term design project on two main cognitive abilities – concentration and persevarnce through time, space, language and culture barriers and the capability. It is found that it is possible to achieve in the situations of Cross-Campus and Cross-Function learning creative collaboration, accurately and inexpensively in order to develop innovative products and outcomes in a class room boundaries. It is focused upon Edu-learning method and thus we named it Created Collab method for E-learning, which focuses on online engineering and design, hands on learning as also group work. In the face of huge gap when engineers and designers work together with collaborators of different countries. The method evolved demonstrates how students and learners cannot only overcome differences of discipline and culture but put it to cohesive integrative and creative purposes.
In the study being reported involved students from two countries, India and Israel at undergraduate and masters level. They experienced cross-team project in engineering and design, involving lot of personal and group challenges, when students needs to benefit from their strengths in the situation of inter-dependency through collaboration with their co-learners. The method is been designed from instructor centric approach to group focused approach. The implementation of the method has come up with varied innovative creative projects.