Workshop (13)

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
Heinz Neber
ICIE, Ulm - Germany
“PBL should be considered as a general approach for designing learning environments on all levels, and for all kinds of learners. As a consequence, all components of instruction are concerned, like types of learning tasks and learning materials presented to the students, ways to organize student’s learning activities including their collaboration, how to provide help and support by the teacher, and even how to assess and evaluate the results of learning. All these instructional conditions should stimulate and support the learning processes of the students. These processes are best described as inquiry cycles, beginning with understanding the problem given to the students and formulating questions for needed but missing information. The main function of all PBL processes is to generate knowledge in terms of usable, non-inert knowledge.
The workshop will focus on how to design some of the most important components of PBL. In particular on how to formulate adequate problems as learning tasks, on processes enabled by such tasks, on ways to organize students into groups, and how to distribute work by specifying adequate roles in such groups. These components will be experienced by several short exercises in the workshop.”