The workshop for PoBL was both challenging and enlightening. Initially, I believed it would be easy as I have had courses in the past which also have projects. However, looking at my courses through the lens of PBL showed me that there is so much more we can do as educators to ensure that our students have a much richer educational experience. In order to do so, I need to have an open mind and be willing to relinquish some of the “control” that we as educators are so accustomed to. This will open the door for our students to explore and therefore learn more.
One of the most meaningful parts of this workshop, and there were several, was the incorporation of activities that allowed us to see things through our students’ eyes. It was a reminder of how different each student is and the importance of being open to those differences as they may see something in a new and valuable way that others hadn’t previously considered. Students learn more and learn more from each other.
Because of this workshop was that I re-examined all of my previous work on various courses. I began to think about how I might be able to incorporate PoBL into other courses, and I am more excited about doing so. I looked at my course learning outcomes and tried to re-write some to better reflect what my students should learn along with thinking of ways that these CLO’s might be connected to other courses they will have.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience. Our trainers, Ms Monis and Ms Shahreena were the best. They made everyone feel comfortable. I personally believe they helped us all to believe in our own capabilities as well as to feel comfortable with implementing PoBL.