Using Problem-Based Learning in Online Courses: A New Hope?

Using Problem-Based Learning in Online Courses: A New Hope?

Richard F. Kenny (Athabasca University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-950-2.ch015
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In this chapter, I argue that instructional designers must use research and theory to guide them to new and justified instructional practices when designing e-learning. I introduce a well-established pedagogy, problem-based learning (PBL), in which complex, ill-structured problems serve as the context and stimulus for learning, and students work collaboratively to understand the problem and learn about the broader related concepts. I describe the structure of PBL and discuss Barrow’s (1998) concept of “authentic” PBL. I then review the support for PBL in the research literature and describe its relationship to cognitive and constructivist learning theory. I conclude the chapter by demonstrating how authentic PBL can be applied to e-learning using supporting examples from an undergraduate online course in agriculture.

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Chapter 1
Marco Adria, Katy Campbell
This chapter is concerned with how individuals may examine the potential for social change arising from interactions in an e-learning environment.... Sample PDF
E-Learning as Nation Building
Chapter 2
Margaret Haughy
This chapter delineates changing organizational responses to the provision of faculty support for teaching and learning in six large Canadian... Sample PDF
Organizational Models for Faculty Support: The Response of Canadian Universities
Chapter 3
Oriel Kelly
What strategies and support are effective for shifting the mindset of expert teachers to become expert e-learning teachers? This chapter outlines... Sample PDF
Moving to Blended Delivery in a Polytechnic: Shifting the Mindset of Faculty and Institutions
Chapter 4
Tony Bates
This chapter is a case study of how a polytechnic developed a strategic plan for e-learning. It describes the institution’s rationale for moving... Sample PDF
Strategic Planning for E-Learning in a Polytechnic
Chapter 5
Maggie Beers
This chapter describes the participatory role faculty members have played in the first year of a five-year initiative that uses e-learning to... Sample PDF
Using E-Learning to Promote Excellence in Polytechnic Education
Chapter 6
Ellen Vogel, Bill Muirhead
Increasingly, nurses work in practice settings that employ the latest information and communication technology (ICT) to research, administer, and... Sample PDF
Teaching and Learning in a Laptop Nursing Program: Institutional and Pedagogical Issues
Chapter 7
Dirk Morrison
This chapter discusses the imperative prerequisite to the effective adoption of e-learning by institutions of higher education, namely, the adoption... Sample PDF
E-Learning in Higher Education: The Need for a New Pedagogy
Chapter 8
Gail Wilson
This chapter analyzes approaches to faculty development for e-learning in post-compulsory institutions. Everett Rogers’ (2003) diffusion of... Sample PDF
New Skills and Ways of Working: Faculty Development for E-Learning
Chapter 9
Cathy Gunn, Mandy Harper
This chapter describes a seven-year, incremental process of e-learning development within science courses at a large research university. The... Sample PDF
Using E-Learning to Transform Large Class Teaching
Chapter 10
Richard A. Schwier, Mary E. Dykes
This chapter reports a three-year case study of communication strategies in online discussions in a graduate seminar and extends preliminary... Sample PDF
The Continuing Struggle for Community and Content in Blended Technology Courses in Higher Education
Chapter 11
Martha A. Gabriel
This chapter explores the role of instructors and the perspectives they bring to teaching in e-learning environments. It suggests that when... Sample PDF
Toward Efective Instruction in E-Learning Environments
Chapter 12
Dianne Conrad
Learning to teach online presents new challenges to even seasoned instructors. In an age of technological wizardry, the author of this chapter... Sample PDF
The Plain Hard Work of Teaching Online: Strategies for Instructors
Chapter 13
Helen Wozniak
The encouragement of learner-to-learner interaction in asynchronous discussions can be achieved by providing learner support in the early stages of... Sample PDF
Empowering Learners to Interact Effectively in Asynchronous Discussion Activities
Chapter 14
Tannis Morgan, Karen Belfer
In this chapter, we present a framework for planning communication activities according to the level of structure and potential dialogue desired in... Sample PDF
A Framework for Choosing Communication Activities in E-Learning
Chapter 15
Richard F. Kenny
In this chapter, I argue that instructional designers must use research and theory to guide them to new and justified instructional practices when... Sample PDF
Using Problem-Based Learning in Online Courses: A New Hope?
Chapter 16
Luca Botturi, Lorenzo Cantoni, Benedetto Lepori, Stefano Tardini
This chapter proposes a renewed perspective on a known project management model, fast prototyping, which was adapted for the specific issues of... Sample PDF
Fast Prototyping as a Communication Catalyst for E-Learing Design
Chapter 17
Albert Sangra, Lourdes Guardia, Mercedes Gonzalez-Sanmamed
This chapter focuses on the need for redesigning courses to develop an appropriate educational or instructional model to achieve a high level of... Sample PDF
Educational Design as a Key Issue in Planning for Quality Improvement
Chapter 18
Tracey L. Leacock, John C. Nesbit
Working from the premise that students need advanced self-regulated learning (SRL) skills to succeed in e-learning environments, this chapter... Sample PDF
Cognitive Tools for Self-Regulated E-Learning
Chapter 19
Elizabeth Murphy, Thérèse Laferriere
his chapter considers some of the issues related to the adoption of online synchronous communication tools and proposes strategies to help deal with... Sample PDF
Adopting Tools for Online Synchronous Communication: Issues and Strategies
Chapter 20
Adnan Qayyum, Brad Eastman
Slideware such as PowerPoint might be the most common software used for e-learning, yet is remarkably understudied. We begin this chapter by... Sample PDF
Knowledge is PowerPoint: Slideware in E-Learning
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