From August 31 to September 3, 2017, an International Project-Based Learning (iPBL) program was conducted by three universities: Hokkaido University, Japan, Korea National University of Arts (K-ARTS), Korea, and OIT Department of Information Science and Technology. K-ARTS and OIT have held iPBLs since 2015, joined by Hokkaido University since last year. This year, six students from K-ARTS, five from Hokkaido University, and ten from OIT participated in the iPBL at Hokkaido University supported by supervising professors and teaching assistants.
On the subject of "Persona", the students were divided into four groups to work together and create a skit “Wearing External Mask and Removing Internal Mask”. As a final presentation, each group played their original skit in the form of street performance.
Three requirements were given to the students for the skit-making. Firstly, they were not allowed to use languages but masks, movements, and onomatopoeias. Secondly, they must use IT into their skit. And thirdly, they must make use of sceneries of Sapporo. The students utilized their different specialties and actively joined the group work on mutual respect in order to satisfy those requirements and complete the skit.
Many of the students gave positive feedback on the program, mentioning the multicultural understanding, various experiences, etc.