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Benefits
  • encourages collaboration, leadership, self-directed learning,
    critical thinking, and research

Instructor
Preparation

 

Medium:

  • developing problems
  • designing an implementation strategy
Activity Time a few minutes to multiple class sessions/long term projects
Student
Participation
  • individual
  • pairs
  • groups
Facilitation
Tips
Choose real-life examples that are complex in nature, with no
simple answers. This requires students to analyze their own
problem solving strategies.
Assessment formative and summative

While problem-based learning (PBL) might be considered a more general category like group learning, it is mentioned here as a strategy because it requires much more preparation than some of the other strategies in general. Instructors not only have to develop the problems, but also have to be able to determine how the problems will be approached by the class (solved during class time, solved over multiple classes, solved as an project outside of class, resolved in groups, etc.) and in which format.

Problems are solved by self-directed learning strategies and as these problems are often resolved using problem-based learning (PBL), the execution of this PBL strategy requires collaboration, leadership, self-directed learning, critical thinking, and research.