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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Problem Based Learning on the Net: A New Course-Model with a Simple Video Conference Tool
Author(s) Wretlind, Katarina ; Rundberg, Mikael ; Warfvinge, Gunnar
Date 2007
English abstract
The purpose of this project was to create a web based course with the following characteristics. It should provide a flexible and free learning environment where students' problem-solving skills and meta-cognitive awareness were developed. Problem based learning (PBL) was chosen as the pedagogical concept where collaboration was mixed with individual contributions, thus challenging and testing different competencies of the students. To further stimulate interaction, several modes of communication were provided at the web site. Assessment was formative. Facilitators feedback was clearly/firmly scheduled and kept low in order to create independent and self-reliant students and to avoid investing unreasonable resources. Contact with experts were possible throughout the course and the course was concluded with an online seminar with opportunities to pose questions to the experts. The web site and its functions were designed to be easy to use and available with simple technology. In conclusion this course model functioned fairly well; the students were overall satisfied and we think that we accomplished, to a certain degree, our purposes. In coming courses, we intend to stimulate more discussions in order to further develop group collaboration, and to firmly hold on to the demands on equipment to be able to attend the course. The course may well serve as a model for other web based PBL-courses.
Host/Issue International Journal of Learning;9
Volume 13
ISSN 1447-9494
Pages 57-64
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) higher education
instructional innovation
Problem Based Learning
web based learning
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3747 (link to this page)

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