Active learning in a Finnish engineering university course
This paper is a case study on the use of active learning techniques in an upper-level engineering course at the Helsinki University of Technology. The paper describes how these techniques were introduced and successfully used within the Finnish university classroom. The cultural subtext is explored and attention is given to teaching techniques that are easily integrated into a standard lecture setting. The results of this case study were determined by quantitative and qualitative student data gathered via a structured self-assessment of learning. The qualitative data in the form of written reflections provided rich insights into the efficacy of the teaching techniques and the learning environment. Instructor observations about class attendance, the activating power of group work and the impact of classroom infrastructure are included in this paper.