Problem-based Learning (PBL)

Research and theory suggest that by having students learn through the experience of solving problems, they can learn both content and thinking strategies. In this workshop, participants will be exposed to PBL as an instructional method in which students learn through facilitated problem solving. In PBL, student learning centers on a complex problem that does not have a single correct answer. Students work in collaborative groups to identify what they need to learn in order to solve a problem. They engage in self-directed learning and then apply their new knowledge to the problem and reflect on what they learned and the effectiveness of the strategies employed. The teacher or lecturer acts to facilitate the learning process rather than to provide knowledge. Participants will master all the steps and processes of implementing the PBL method. Crafting good problem statements, mapping the problem with Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) and facilitating the students are the most important skills that all faculty members should have. Understanding these processes and skills in-depth will result in creative and innovative teaching which will bring about a dynamic PBL environment.

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