Analysis of students open feedback after their participation in a multinational design project

Jorge Rodriguez, Miguel Nunez Del Prado Cortez, Ivan E. Esparragoza, Hugo Alatrista Salas

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Abstract

Participation by students in multinational engineering design projects is an activity that has been implemented at academic institutions with the objective of exposing the students to globalization. Such collaborations are becoming a very important practice that prepare students to be aware of the various aspects that are faced whenever work is performed in a global environment. There have been several approaches for the implementation of these activities in the curriculum, and the one presented here is an engineering design project conducted with the participation of students from six different countries. As an assessment of the students' experience, three specific open-ended questions were asked at the end of their participation. These questions cover the basic information of like-dislike-recommendation regarding the collaborative experience. Proper interpretation of responses to open-ended questions is a complex task, and several approaches have been reported. Data analytics technique of topic modelling is utilized in order to get an objective assessment. Based on the valid responses post-event (n = 95) from the participants to the three basic questions, together with the corresponding demographic information, the feedback is evaluated and conclusions are drawn regarding the effect of ethnicity, which is directly related to geographic location. Positive feedback related to the value of the international experience, negative feedback related to logistics, and recommendations related to communication have been identified based on ethnicity grouping. These conclusions validate previous ones drawn based on numerical feedback on motivation, and will be utilized to improve the offering of a similar multinational collaboration engineering design project to students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication16th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationInnovation, Education, and Inclusion
PublisherLatin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions
ISBN (Electronic)9780999344316
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event16th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology - Lima, Peru
Duration: Jul 18 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the LACCEI international Multi-conference for Engineering, Education and Technology
Volume2018-July
ISSN (Electronic)2414-6390

Other

Other16th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology
CountryPeru
CityLima
Period7/18/187/20/18

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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Rodriguez, J., Del Prado Cortez, M. N., Esparragoza, I. E., & Salas, H. A. (2018). Analysis of students open feedback after their participation in a multinational design project. In 16th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology: Innovation, Education, and Inclusion (Proceedings of the LACCEI international Multi-conference for Engineering, Education and Technology; Vol. 2018-July). Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions. https://doi.org/10.18687/LACCEI2018.1.1.526