Chronology of projects - 2019/2020
• Another telecollaborative undertaking which was a joint initiative of the Foreign Languages Centre and the Otaru University of Commerce in Japan.
The participants of the project were the second-year students of Automatic Control and Robotics, Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science, who under the supervision of Iwona Seta-Dąbrowska, MA, cooperated with Japanese interdepartmental group of undergraduate students.
As the final products of this collaboration, carried out in winter semester, the international teams of Polish and Japanese students have made a series of short videos which provide an interesting insight into intercultural aspects of their life.
The outcomes of the collaboration can be seen at:
• First-year students of Macro Engineering Studies at the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science as well as the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Silesian University of Technology, as part of the German language course in the winter semester, took part, together with students of the Linnaeus University in Sweden, in a project whose main goal was to use German during the implementation of various tasks using modern communication tools.
The aim of the project was also to improve team work, enrich intercultural competences, knowledge and skills. The project participants had to perform many tasks. After the introductory part, work in international teams began. It was mainly devoted to environmental protection from a personal perspective: what can each of us do to protect the environment? The last task was to create a poster which would give advice on how each of us can take care of the environment.
The project was coordinated by two German lecturers: Corina Löwe, PhD from Sweden and Renata Pelka, MA, from Poland. The students were satisfied with the participation in the project, thanks to which they could improve their German language skills, meet people from another country and test their teamwork skills.
• On May 21, 2020, the final presentation of the international telecollaboration project "Educational Game" took place. The presentation, which was an online endeavour, summarized the next edition of inter-university cooperation between the Budapest Business School and the Foreign Language Centre of the Silesian University of Technology.
The project was attended by second-year students of Technical Physics from the Institute of Physics of the Silesian University of Technology, under the supervision of Grażyna Duda, MA, and students of the Finance and Accounting Department of the Budapest School of Business under the supervision of Dr. Ildiko Dosa. The project lasted from February 27 to mid-May this year.
The topic of cooperation was to design an educational game aimed at raising awareness in the field of environmental protection combined with the ability to make strategic decisions related to this issue. In addition, the above-mentioned educational game fulfils many important functions, such as: building bonds among students (community building), which contributes to greater attractiveness of studying, developing skills in solving difficult problems and learning critical thinking.
Students worked in five international teams and had to perform tasks related to the development of game mechanics (Basic game mechanics), examining the impact of group games on the development and education of young people, creating a database of issues addressed by the game (Dilemma cards) creating a database of ecological and environmental problems that need to be resolved (Chance cards), and with the game's graphic design.
Telecollaboration projects, using modern multimedia techniques, also enable the development of many communication and language competences, as well as intercultural exchange in academic environments. Telecommunication collaboration is an important and innovative method in the development of university education.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the project presentation was carried out completely online, using a videoconferencing platform, which in itself was an innovative solution and a considerable technical and logistical undertaking.
• The fifth edition of the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) project differed significantly from previous projects. As usual, it involved second-year students of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and was conducted in cooperation between this Faculty and the Foreign Language Centre, but because of the high interest of students in participating in the project, for the first time, apart from the advanced group (C1 English level), an intermediate group (B2 level) also took part.
Due to the pandemic and the need to continue teaching remotely, the practical side of the project (work in the laboratory on concrete objects) could not be implemented, which certainly reduced the attractiveness of the entire project.
In this year's CLIL, students created interesting and diverse designs of concrete decorative and functional forms (including lamps, flower pots, dumbbells, jewellery and picture frames), which for the first time were to be made of coloured concrete.
The added value of the project is also establishing cooperation with new companies that provided building materials for the implementation of design tasks, such as: BAUTECH Industry (dispersed reinforcement), ZWUKSO (pigments) and a large cement warehouse.
Despite the inability to implement the technical part, the project was very positively assessed by students in an anonymous survey. Here are some examples (in translation):
"We are very sorry that the CLIL project could not be realized this year, but while still at the university, we found that the whole idea of CLIL is fantastic and helps us develop in a way that is not provided by any other subject. Thank you. '
'' The project is very interesting, I think that much more can be learned in this form of class, because we do not learn words from books, but from useful more practical exercises ''
‘It was awesome! Despite the lack of classes at the university and the related lack of design classes, the remote classes were really great '.
We hope that some of the unrealized ideas and materials we have received will be used in future editions of the project.
As usual, the content of the project was supervised by Małgorzata Gołaszewska, PhD, and the language coordinators were Iwona Seta-Dąbrowska, MA, and Janusz Sroka, MA.