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Exchange of higher education teaching and learning practices between United Kingdom and Thailand: a case study of RailExchange courses

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anna Fraszczyk, Dr Marin Marinov



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The RailExchange project has been developed in collaboration between two universities, one UK-based and one Thailand-based, to work on educational ideas for rail to benefit the rail industry in Thailand. At the same time a new rail Master programme has been designed with a strong input from the rail industry in terms of technical and interpersonal skills necessary for a formation of a successful rail graduate. The new programme has been established at the Thai university and aligned with Thai and international higher education frameworks (AUN-QA and TQF). As part of the activities listed in the exchange project, the lecturers from the UK have been invited to conduct short experimental classes to teach on three different subjects, which are part of the new rail Master’s curriculum. The UK visiting lecturers helped in broadening the perspective of the Thai academics in terms of educational content and active learning style, such as a hands-on approach and applied learning style with real life scenarios and student-led learning. The English language was used to deliver the experimental classes to Thai participants, who represented academia and industry. Feedback received highlighted differences between the UK and Thai approaches to higher education learning, but also suggested improvements, which should be taken into account in the delivery of the Master programme in rail in the near future.

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Author(s): Fraszczyk A, Weerawat W, Marinov M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: RailExchange

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 241-256

Print publication date: 06/10/2017

Acceptance date: 04/10/2017

Date deposited: 28/08/2017

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78544-8

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ISBN: 9783319785448