Some thoughts about PBL-groups

When I began to work as a senior lecturer ten years age many, but not all, students had their own laptops in the classroom during our PBL-group meetings at campus, but some had their notes on paper. A couple of years later most of the students had laptops and it was rather tight around the table. Then some years ago it started to change, instead of a laptop the students had all their notes available on a Smartphone. Today most students bring only their Smartphone to the PBL-group meetings at campus, rest of the students bring their own laptop. It´s more seldom you see a student with only a piece of paper. Yesterday I had a re-exam. I diced to do it with short multiple-choice questions on just one piece of paper and one of the students says – Oh I haven’t got a pen – I never use paper to write any more, and put away her laptop.

Since I have worked with Problem Based Learning for ten years now and I´m responsible to educate new PBL-tutors at our Institution, I believe I´m an experienced PBL-tutor. But I have up until ONL162 only worked with at campus. Well we do use a learning platform (It´s Learning) to communicate with our students at campus but it is not quite the same as a whole internet-based course. To take the PBL-group in to the Internet is indeed a challenge as Savin-Baden et al (2006) points out. When I first heard about the ONL-course a couple of years ago, I was both sceptical but curious  and now here I am  trying to learn more about how to create and maintain a whole course on the Internet and about the useful tools to do so.

References:

Savin-Baden, M. & Wilkie, K. (2006) The challenge of using problem-based learning online. In: Problem-based learning online. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

The PBL-bus in Karlskrona

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