On campus, the approximation with the productive arrangement is already happening through Conexão Indústria and the use of the PBL methodology
Operate as a springboard for the country's economic and productive growth, providing students with the skills and qualifications necessary to enter them into the labor market. This is the main objective of the Australian dual teaching model , which in 2021 will be implemented in the Industrial Automation technical course at Câmpus Bragança Paulista.
At IFSP, in addition to Bragança, Suzano integrates the pilot project that will use the Australian methodology in the classroom. The initiative is being made possible thanks to the partnership signed between the Innovation Agency (Inova) and the Institute of International Relations (Arinter) of the Institute with the Australian Embassy. And thanks to the commitment of the two campuses involved.
One of the reasons why Bragança was chosen to be part of the action is the development of the Conexão Indústria extension project, created with the objective of bringing the IFSP closer to its local productive arrangement and being, in this way, in great harmony with the proposal of the Australian dual model.
Coordinator of Conexão Indústria alongside professors André Luis Maciel Leme, Edilson Rosa Barbosa de Jesus, Enzo Gaudino Mendes and Ana Gobbo, also professor Marcos Alexandre Fernandes states that there is great expectation and dedication for the implementation of the pilot project to be successful, for believe that this is the way to train new professionals with a profile closer to the needs of the market. According to Marcos Alexandre, listening to the industry becomes paramount, and the benefits to students are several, among them a training meeting the market demand and the training of a more qualified professional.
Also according to Marcos Alexandre, the preparations for the implementation of the Australian dual model include studies to arrive at a good lesson plan for the new course and also contact with companies in the region of Bragança Paulista to propose a joint work towards to think about the profiles of future technicians in Industrial Automation, so that they are in line with the current needs of the labor market.
Connection Industry and PBL
O Industry Connection is an extension program created with the aim of bringing the IFSP closer to its local productive arrangement. Since the creation of the program in 2016, contact with industries and companies in the region has been frequent, and several cooperation agreements have been signed in order to stimulate the fundamental tripod on which the creation of the institutes is based: teaching, research and extension.
For Professor Enzo, the preparation of good professionals requires that the industrial reality is inserted as much as possible in the students' daily lives, and this is only possible by bringing companies closer to the academic environment. In three years of existence, Conexão Indústria has generated several fruits, one of which is the application of the problem-based methodology, Problem Based Learning (PBL).
The PBL arrived at the Campus Bragança by professor Adilson Candido, current coordinator of the Control and Automation Engineering course. He participated in a training program in Finland, where he got in touch with the methodology. Upon returning to Brazil, Adilson sought Connection Industry to put into practice, together with the project, a little of what he experienced in Finland. It was from this union of forces that the campus started to use PBL methodology with students entering the Engineering course.
Adilson explains that using PBL at the beginning of the training makes the student start to understand immediately how he should behave in the face of a challenge in the real world of work. According to the professor, in the traditional methodology, when students are faced with the first challenges in their professional lives, they demand time to learn from the company's most experienced professionals how to act to solve problems. “Students who have experienced PBL in the classroom already know in advance what they are going to find and will be better prepared” he says.
At PBL, the student is the protagonist of the learning process. From a problem situation, he is encouraged to seek new concepts in a participatory, collaborative and dynamic environment. Adilson believes that, in this process, students develop crucial skills for the 21st century, such as communication skills, creativity, autonomy, leadership and proactivity.
Also according to the professor, one of the differentials of the project is that the partnership with Conexão Indústria allowed the demand for a problem situation to come from an industry in the region, which actively participated in the project, monitoring the execution and assisting in the process evaluation. "The company that presented the demand and the problem-situation theme is also benefited, given that it manages to develop internal projects by prospecting ideas and solutions 'out of the box', which favors technological innovation", he reflects. Another important positive factor for the company, according to Adilson, is that it can use this action as a method of identifying talents, thus favoring the recruitment processes and the selection of future interns and / or collaborators, considering that the students are exposed throughout the process of resolving these solutions and are constantly monitored by the company.
The result has been satisfactory. Research carried out with students shows that 69,2% consider the initiative to use PBL to be very important. Still, 34,6% rate the experience as excellent, considering that since the beginning of the course the student will have integrative activities with companies in the area.
The student Carlos Beltrame says that the experience with the PBL has a positive balance, despite pointing out some criticisms regarding the relationship with the companies. "We had some unfavorable points, such as a lack of information on the part of the company and a change in the definition of the project in the middle of the semester." For Carlos, however, these difficulties are part of the real daily life of the company. “The good thing about all this is that we leave the comfort zone and have a sense of what our role will be like in the future”, he says.