Friday, January 30, 2015

Problem Based Learning

Theory:   Problem-based learning is a subset of project-based learning (Larmer, 2015).
“Problem-BL does have its own history and set of typically-followed procedures, which are more formally observed than in other types of projects. The use of case studies and simulations as "problems" dates back to medical schools in the 1960s, and problem-BL is still more often seen in the post-secondary world than in K-12, where project-BL is more common” (Larmer, 2015).

  • Problem-based learning usually involves the following steps:
  • Present a problem · Generate a list of "what we know about the problem" and "what we need to know"
  • Generate possible solutions
  • Formulation of learning issues for self-directed and coached learning
  • Share findings and solutions

Read more:  Problem-Based Learning  •   Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

Let’s Practice:  Here is a case study, what would you do (add your comments below)?
This semester you noticed you have a student who insists on commenting on every topic. Occasionally, the student’s comments are off topic. You begin to notice some other students are getting frustrated by the continual interruptions. This frustration seems to be targeted at you and this particular student. The main complaint seems to be from your ability to stay on topic, cover the learning objectives, and provide homework instructions.

Based on this case study, what is the issue? What should the instructor do to regain control of the classroom? What are some strategies for the other students? What about the student who appears to be running the classroom?  Add your comments by clicking on the 'comments' link below.