Exchange of Higher Education Teaching and Learning Practices Between UK and Thailand: A Case Study of RailExchange Courses

Anna Fraszczyk, Waressara Weerawat, Marin Marinov, Phumin Kirawanich

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Abstract

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 paper presents feedback received from participants of the three courses in terms of learning activities, academic activities and personal experience. The analyses of the feedback reveal that the UK visiting lecturers helped in broadening the perspective of the Thai academics and students 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, and for majority of the participants, it was not a barrier in actively participating in a course. Feedback received highlighted differences between the UK and Thai approaches to higher education learning, but also suggested improvements, listed in recommendations, which should be taken into account in the delivery of the Master programme in rail in the near future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Rail Transport
Subtitle of host publication Proceedings of RailNewcastle 2017
EditorsAnna Fraszczyk, Marin Marinov
PublisherSpringer
Chapter13
Pages241-256
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-78544-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-78543-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2018
EventRailExchange 2017 - Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Oct 20176 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameSustainable Rail Transport
ISSN (Print)2196-5544
ISSN (Electronic)2196-5552

Conference

ConferenceRailExchange 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle
Period4/10/176/10/17

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    Fraszczyk, A., Weerawat, W., Marinov, M., & Kirawanich, P. (2018). Exchange of Higher Education Teaching and Learning Practices Between UK and Thailand: A Case Study of RailExchange Courses. In A. Fraszczyk, & M. Marinov (Eds.), Sustainable Rail Transport: Proceedings of RailNewcastle 2017 (pp. 241-256). (Sustainable Rail Transport). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78544-8_13