New Approaches to Problem-based Learning by Terry Barrett download in iPad, ePub, pdf
If the course is a medium- to large-size class, a combination of mini-lectures, whole-class discussions, and small group work with regular reporting may be necessary. The main thread connecting these various uses is the real-world problem. The problem must motivate students to seek out a deeper understanding of concepts. Role-plays have students improvise scenes based on character descriptions given. Many students will want to limit their research to the Internet, so it will be important to guide them toward the library as well.
The final step is to identify key resources for students. Develop a storytelling aspect to an end-of-chapter problem, or research an actual case that can be adapted, adding some motivation for students to solve the problem. The problem needs to be introduced in stages so that students will be able to identify learning issues that will lead them to research the targeted concepts. Today, simulations often involve computer-based programs. Write a teacher's guide detailing the instructional plans on using the problem in the course.
The power of problem-based learning. Students need to learn to identify and utilize learning resources on their own, but it can be helpful if the instructor indicates a few good sources to get them started. More complex problems will challenge students to go beyond simple plug-and-chug to solve it.
The problem should require students to make reasoned decisions and to defend them. If used for a group project, the problem needs a level of complexity to ensure that the students must work together to solve it. Think of a real-world context for the concept under consideration.
Case studies are presented to students in written form. If used for a multistage project, the initial steps of the problem should be open-ended and engaging to draw students into the problem. List the learning objectives that students should meet when they work through the problem.