Addressing challenges of hybrid capstone projects in a pandemic environment

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Capstone courses are a common way to bring together earlier learnings into a practical demon stration of the skills acquired. At Åbo Akademi University, our Capstone course, or Project Course, has been running as a very practical, handson course, emphasizing the physical presence and interaction among students. The Covid19 pandemic made it impossible to run the
course in the standard way affecting the main course objectives. This article discusses the challenges and solutions of running the course in both hybrid and online format, and what learning can be drawn from this. The different tools and methods used for forming the teams and formulating the projects are analysed and evaluated, both through a student survey and using the lecturer’s qualitative hindsight. We show that by using proper tools and methods we can compensate for the drawbacks and limitations of a Pandemic environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication 18th CDIO International Conference Proceedings
PublisherReykjavik University, Iceland
ISBN (Electronic)978-9935-9655-6-1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event18th CDIO International Conference - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 13 Jun 202215 Jun 2022
Conference number: 18

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International CDIO Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2002-1593


Conference18th CDIO International Conference


  • Hybrid and online teaching
  • Capstone course


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