From Student Learner to Professional Learner: Training for Lifelong Learning through Online PBL

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a constructivist pedagogy in which students learn science and develop critical thinking skills by solving real-world problems in small groups. Studies have shown that PBL students are more motivated and become better learners. However, this pedagogy places additional demands on faculty. It takes time and expertise to develop suitable problems, to coach students, and to facilitate problem-solving sessions.

We are developing interactive computer systems incorporating the PBL approach which (1) help teachers design, enter, and share problems, and (2) support students and guide them through the PBL inquiry process and (3) assist teachers to continue their professional development by improving their domain knowledge. System development is guided by K-16 educators and tested in classrooms. Our goal is to enable educators to adopt this pedagogy in K-16 classrooms with minimal overhead and to assist them to effortlessly learn new technologies and new material.

Read the paper:

From Student Learner to Professional Learner: Training for Lifelong Learning through Online PBL

by Preetha Ram, Ashwin Ram, Chris Sprague

International Conference on Problem-Based Learning (PBL-05), Lahti, Finland, June 2005
www.cc.gatech.edu/faculty/ashwin/papers/er-05-03.pdf
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