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Author (up) Enric Marti; Debora Gil; Carme Julia edit   pdf
  Title A PBL experience in the teaching of Computer Graphics Type Conference Article
  Year 2005 Publication EUROGRAPHICS Proceedings Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 5 Issue 1 Pages 95-103  
  Keywords project-based learning; computer graphics education; Open GL; rendering techniques; computer animation techniques; Graphics packages; Hierarchy and geometric transformations; Animation; Color; shading; shadowing and texture; fractals; hidden line/surface removal; Problem Based Learning  
  Abstract Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an educational strategy to improve student’s learning capability that, in recent years, has had a progressive acceptance in undergraduate studies. This methodology is based on solving a problem or project in a student working group. In this way, PBL focuses on learning the necessary tools to correctly find a solution to given problems. Since the learning initiative is transferred to the student, the PBL method promotes students own abilities. This allows a better assessment of the true workload that carries out the student in the subject. It follows that the methodology conforms to the guidelines of the Bologna document, which quantifies the student workload in a subject by means of the European credit transfer system (ECTS). PBL is currently applied in undergraduate studies needing strong practical training such as medicine, nursing or law sciences. Although this is also the case in engineering studies, amazingly, few experiences have been reported. In this paper we propose to use PBL in the educational organization of the Computer Graphics subjects in the Computer Science degree. Our PBL project focuses in the development of a C++ graphical environment based on the OpenGL libraries for visualization and handling of different graphical objects. The starting point is a basic skeleton that already includes lighting functions, perspective projection with mouse interaction to change the point of view and three predefined objects. Students have to complete this skeleton by adding their own functions to solve the project. A total number of 10 projects have been proposed and successfully solved. The exercises range from human face rendering to articulated objects, such as robot arms or puppets. In the present paper we extensively report the statement and educational objectives for two of the projects: solar system visualization and a chess game. We report our earlier educational experience based on the standard classroom theoretical, problem and practice sessions and the reasons that motivated searching for other learning methods. We have mainly chosen PBL because it improves the student learning initiative. We have applied the PBL educational model since the beginning of the second semester. The student’s feedback increases in his interest for the subject. We present a comparative study of the teachers’ and students’ workload between PBL and the classic teaching approach, which suggests that the workload increase in PBL is not as high as it seems.  
  Address Dublin; Ireland; September 2005  
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  Area Expedition Conference EUROGRAPHICS  
  Notes IAM;ADAS; Approved no  
  Call Number IAM @ iam @ MGJ2005 Serial 1593  
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