Industry-Coupled Problem-Based Learning (IC-PBL) is a learner-centered educational model at Hanyang University ERICA in which learners solve context-rich problems occurring in real-life fields, coupled with industry, society, and university.
The graduate school of Hanyang University ERICA has developed and is operating an Industry-Coupled Problem-Based Learning+ (IC-PBL+) curriculum since the second semester of 2019 based on the experience and performance of operating the IC-PBL program at the undergraduate level. The program is well-suited for graduate school and is intended to improve the social problem solving abilities of graduate students and for the cultivation of students’ research capabilities. The IC-PBL+ is an “industry-linked, problem-based, project course method” focused on the development of various capabilities required for future leaders of society. As an advanced program of the IC-PBL, the program has been designed to provide students with a graduate-level educational experience to foster “scholars” with initiative, “co-workers” who are capable of performing industry-based research with interdisciplinary thinking, and international “leading researchers” with global researching capabilities.
Determined by two key factors: (i) whether problems are provided by the fields, and (ii) whether problem-solving process is provided by the fields, by which it has four different types: M(erge), E(valuate), C(reate), and A(nchor).
The first y-axis, “field-providing problem”, indicates that IC-PBL applies hands-on problems to class that are directly provided or requested by the fields; the second x-axis, “field intervention”, indicates that career-field experts’ and external evaluation or feedback is provided in the problem-solving process.
- Note: this field intervention does not include information gathering, such as a simple visiting to industry or a simple interview with a field expert or interested person.
ERICA IC-PBL is Hanyang University ERICA’s distinguished pedagogical model in which all curriculums are developed with every regard to the characteristics of colleges, departments, majors, and subjects in order to develop human resources of consilience who have solid problem-solving competency.