Technology and Problem-Based Learning

Technology and Problem-Based Learning

Lorna Uden (Staffordshire University, UK) and Chris Beaumont (Liverpool Hope University College, UK)
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Release Date: December, 2005|Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 344|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-744-7
ISBN13: 9781591407447|ISBN10: 1591407443|EISBN13: 9781591407461|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781591407454
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Problem-based learning (PBL) has been the focus of many developments in teaching and learning facilitation in recent years. It has been claimed that PBL produces independent learners who are motivated, engaged in deep learning, work as a team, and develop effective strategies, skills and knowledge for life-long learning and professional work. Technology and Problem-Based Learning is aimed at educators who may be considering introducing PBL and need to know what it involves, its benefits and the practical details of how to implement it.

Technology and Problem-Based Learning provides practical advice grounded in research and experience, to enable tutors to introduce PBL quickly and effectively. It also covers major issues including rationale for PBL, how to write effective problems, preparing students and tutors, being an effective facilitator, assessing students, dealing with problems, using IT.

Reviews and Testimonials

With the increasing relevance of e-learning, this book gives the reader hints on how to better use this technology. There aren't any books dealing with problem-based learning within the context of e-learning, and Technology and Problem-Based Learning provides an interesting review of the state-of-the-art in new learning technologies.

– Juan Pavon, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

[Technology and Problem-Based Learning] is the PBL book I've been waiting for! It is an excellent guide for the novice or experienced PBL practitioner. It is the new, definitive guide to the field. From explanations of PBL to preparing yourself and your students for the process of running a PBL course, it is essential reading for all PBL practitioners.

– Claire Fox, Edgehill University, UK

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr Lorna Uden is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Computer, Engineering and Technology at Staffordshire University in UK. She received her BSc from Aston University, UK in 1981 and her PhD from Staffordshire University in 1999. She has published over 70 papers in conference, journals, chapters of books and workshops. Her research interests include Learning Technology, Web Engineering and Technology, Human Computer Interaction, Groupware, Activity Theory, E-business, Knowledge Management and Problem-Based Learning (PBL). She has been using PBL in her teaching since 1996. Besides using PBL in her teaching, she also conducted research in it. She has conducted PBL seminars nationally and internationally and published papers in PBL. Dr. Uden serves on committees for various conferences, workshops and special issues of various journals. She is editor of International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology (IJWET) and International Journal of Learning Technology (IJLT), both published by Inderscience, UK.
Chris Beaumont is Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing, Liverpool Hope University College. He is currently pathway leader for Internet Technology where he teaches on undergraduate and MSc computing programs. After graduating as a Senior Scholar in Computer Science from Trinity College, Cambridge, he worked in industry with GEC-Marconi and Digital Equipment Corporation for a number of years before returning to higher education. He is a registered practitioner within the Higher Education Academy and has also held a number of External Examiner posts within the UK. He has been practicing and researching Problem-based Learning for a number of years and has published and presented several papers on PBL.

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