When non-engineering students work on an international service-learning engineering project - A case study

Kenneth W.K. Lo, C. K. Lau, Stephen C.F. Chan, Grace Ngai

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Service-learning has been proven to be a high-impact educational pedagogy in many disciplines. It addresses human, and community needs through engaging in community activities. With professional engineering expertise, integrating engineering into service-learning not only can make particularly impactful community service, especially in developing countries where engineering expertise is not always available but also provides an effective way for students to apply their theoretical knowledge to solve real-world problems. Service-learning in engineering has been documented in the last 20 years, and it was implemented as extracurricular activities followed by integrating into core curriculums. However, most of the programs are only offer to the engineering students and less consider implementing as a form of general education with applying multidisciplinary approach. This research examines how to integrate students from very different disciplines into the same project. Our case study is a credit-bearing service-learning subject offered by the Department of Computing which is open to all undergraduate students and the projects were conducted in Rwanda and Cambodia in 2015 and 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGHTC 2017 - IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509060467
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2017
Event7th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2017 - DoubleTree By Hilton, San Jose, United States
Duration: 19 Oct 201722 Oct 2017


Conference7th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose


  • Education
  • Service-Learning
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics
  • Development
  • Health(social science)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Education


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