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Developing Student Induction Sessions for Problem Based Learning

Author Stephan Weibelzahl and Orla Lahart,
Abstract Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centred learning and teaching strategy. The use of PBL is well understood and there is evidence that PBL facilitates students' skill development. Successful participation in PBL requires that students have acquired a number of prerequisite skills. This paper reports on the development and evaluation of PBL induction sessions for students. We describe the rationale and structure of these inductions. Evaluation feedback suggests that students feel the induction improves their skills. The more than 100 learning exercises developed for these induction sessions are available online.
Keywords Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centred learning and teaching strategy. The use of PBL is well understood and there is evidence that PBL facilitates students' skill development. Successful participation in PBL requires that students have acquired a number of prerequisite skills. This paper reports on the development and evaluation of PBL induction sessions for students. We describe the rationale and structure of these inductions. Evaluation feedback suggests that students feel the induction improves their skills. The more than 100 learning exercises developed for these induction sessions are available online.
Published In ICEP Proceedings 2011
Date 2011
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