Chronology of projects - 2018/2019
• In the winter semester, 15 postgraduate students of Computer Science at the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science of the Silesian University of Technology in cooperation with students of International Communication, Politics and Teachers at Linnaeus University in Växjöund Kalmar in Sweden created a blog in German devoted to many aspects of culture and general interests. The project coordinator on the Polish side was Renata Pelka, MA.
The blog is available at: http://polsl-linnaeus.blogspot.com
• A telecollaborative project in Russian was carried out by postgraduate students of the Silesian University of Technology and students from China, Vietnam, Syria and Turkmenistan who were studying at the Belarusian State University of Computer Science and Radioelectronics. The project participants had to complete two tasks to get credit for two obligatory educational effects - speaking and writing. The purpose of the first project 'Let's meet' was to gather information about a foreign partner and prepare a presentation. The communication between students mainly took place via Facebook and Messenger. The project coordinator was Małgorzata Bryg-Lewandowska, MA.
• The second project implemented as part of the Russian language course fell on the holiday season, which is why holidays were its main theme. Polish and Syrian students shared information about Christmas, students from Vietnam and China described traditions related to New Year, while a student from Turkmenistan chose Melon, Watermelon and Pumpkin Day. The project coordinator on the Polish side of the project was Małgorzata Bryg-Lewandowska, MA.
• In the winter semester, as part of the English language course (level C1), students of the 2nd year of the Faculty of Architecture, supervised by Iwona Seta-Dąbrowska, MA, took part in a telecollaboration project with students from Otaru University of Commerce in Japan, who worked under the watchful eye of Daniela Caluianu, PhD. The result of this cooperation is a blog (http://japan-poland.blogspot.com/?m=1 ) which introduces various aspects of Japanese students' lives, creating not only an image of an extraordinary country, but also allowing a different perspective – far from the standard or common one – on the interculturalism of the academic space.
• Another undertaking which was carried out in the winter semester at SJO as part of the C1 English language course was an innovative international project – students of the 3rd semester of Computer Science at the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science, in cooperation with students from Grenoble University in France and Business School in Hungary, developed a prototype of a remotely-controlled car and devised some business strategies for launching it in international markets. The coordinators of the Polish team were Grażyna Duda, MA and Janusz Sroka, MA.
• As part of another international telecollaboration venture, in the summer semester, students of the 2nd year of the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science (level C1) established cooperation with students from the University of Applied Sciences from The Hague in the Netherlands. This cooperation resulted in getting some insight into various thematic areas related to both multicultural phenomena and the development of modern technologies. The Polish project coordinator was Iwona Seta-Dąbrowska, MA.
• 'Prepare a guidebook for a student who wants to study or work in Poland and Armenia' - the project was implemented by first-year students of Technical Physics at the Silesian University of Technology and by students of International Relations at the State University in Yerevan, Armenia. The students’ task was to jointly prepare a guide for a student who would like to study at the universities in Gliwice and Yerevan. The guide should contain practical information on all typical situations the student may encounter. Starting from accommodation and the costs associated with it, through security issues to the way of spending free time. The students were to focus on practical information which travel guides do not always inform about: for example, how to use the university library. The joint work resulted in very interesting presentations. The private contacts established between the students at the time of the collaboration have been maintained ever since. The project coordinator was Bożena Stefanowicz, MA.
• 'Create and illustrate a new invention that addresses a problem in the society' - the project was implemented by students of the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science in the field of Automatic Control and Robotics and students of the Lviv Polytechnic. The task was to prepare a presentation about a robot, invention or facility that can help solve specific social problems. Students were to decide on the features, specifications, applicability, and reasons for choosing the particular product or item of technology. While working on project, students collaborated in groups of 6-8 people and the result was a joint presentation of the entire project during a video session on the Zoom conference video platform. The project was coordinated by Bożena Stefanowicz, MA.
• UNI-CLILiG - 4th edition. A project in German regarding the 20th century creation of Bauhaus, the most outstanding architectural university of the 20th century, which – with its concepts as well as innovative pedagogy – has revolutionized the approach to designing architecture, interior design elements and consumer products. On 11-13.01.2019 there was a trip of students and their teachers to Dessau, Germany, during which the project participants visited the Bauhaus facilities and collected materials for their project documentation. They also made sketches and photographs. With the help and on the basis of these materials, original designs and texts will be created about the genesis of Bauhaus, the architectural objects themselves and the inspiration flowing from this design trend. Finally, they will be turned in a publication and exhibition. Groups of students of the Faculty of Architecture, led by Gabriela Szewiola, MA, participated in the project. The coordinator of the project on behalf of the Faculty of Architecture was prof. SUT, dr hab. Krzysztof Kafka. The subject matter advisor of the project was Ryszard Nakonieczny, PhD. CLILiG projects have been presented, among others, at the largest international conference of German language teachers, they also resulted in publication.
• The first educational website for learning English was created at our university by second-year IT students at the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science as part of the C1 English language course in the Foreign Languages Centre. The students worked for one semester under the supervision of Grażyna Duda, MA and Janusz Sroka, MA. Three educational modules were prepared: Bees and IOT, Autonomous Cars and The Future of Payments. Placing thematically and formally diverse materials on the website allows teachers and students to use them on their own laptops or smartphones instead of traditional textbooks or photocopies, which contributes to environmental protection, increases the comfort of work in class and in the future will allow to extend the thematic and lexical base about issues related to students’ interests.
• The fourth edition of the CLIL project, in which a group of second-year students of the Faculty of Civil Engineering developed their knowledge of English through its practical application in engineering problems. During the current edition, the students had to make small concrete decorative and utility forms, communicating in English at all stages of work - from design to the very making of designed elements in the laboratory of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. The language coordinators of the project were Iwona Seta-Dąbrowska, MA, and Janusz Sroka, MA. Małgorzata Gołaszewska, MEng, supervised the substantive aspect of the project.
• CLIL at the Faculty of Architecture - the project was conducted in a group of second-year students at C1 level, in the 4th semester of the language. Language classes were held in parallel with the subject ‘Small service facility’ and were coordinated by Karina Kunz-Kurnicka, MA (language supervision) and dr hab. Beata Majerska-Pałubicka (content-related supervision). The aim of the project was for the students to acquire professional knowledge and expertise in the field of design and to develop language skills which might be useful in this process.
• The second edition of the 'When Science Meets English' project. As part of it, a group of students from the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science (3rd and 4th semester of language course at C1 level) created their own English technical course (English for Specific Purposes). Three lesson modules were prepared, devoted to the following issues: Radiation, Drones and Fungi and Technology. The final stage of the project were workshops conducted by students in June 2019 as part of their language classes. The project was coordinated by Anna Gazda, MA, and Iwona Terlecka-Żabińska, MA.