Best Practices of Team-Building Activities in a Project-Based Learning Class 'Design Project' in a Japanese Graduate School

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Mayu Akaki (1,2), Makoto Ioki (1), Keita Mitomi (1,2), Takashi Maeno (1)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: Keio University, Japan; 2: Tsukuru to Ugoku Design Co., Ltd., Japan
Section: Design Education
Page(s): 2263-2272
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


To indicate the effective team-building activities implemented independently by the students in a project-based learning class in higher education in Japan, we conducted semi-structured interviews with the students of the Design Project class held at a Japanese graduate school in 2020 and 2021. The interviewees are 12 students belonging to the top three teams regarding the evaluation of the final presentation. Based on the classifications of the comments, we indicate the best practices of team-building activities corresponding to the timing and team characteristics.

Keywords: project-based learning, team building, design teams, teamwork, design education

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