Problem-Based Learning Methodology

Problem-Based Learning Methodology

Salvador Simó Algado (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia, Spain), Xavier Ginesta Portet (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia, Spain) and Jordi de San Eugenio Vela (University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6371-8.ch014
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The objective of this chapter is to present the EcosSPORTech project, a cross-faculty project based in Vic (Spain) where the University of Vic has a central role in developing an enterprise with young people in order to develop sports and leisure activities in the natural environment, integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This project, which has the participation of students from different faculties (Business and Communication, Health and Wellness, and Education) using a Problem-Based Leaning (PBL) method, reinforces the idea of an entrepreneurial university that can create innovative solutions in order to promote social benefits; this is a university with a clear commitment to educating both professionals and citizens. The chapter also presents the project's communication policy, based on the UVic's corporate media: blog, magazine, and radio station. This project has the financial support of La Caixa Foundation (Obra Social La Caixa) and Vic's City Council.
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Although the project is based on Problem Based Learning (PBL), in this chapter we are going to present it through a case study methodology, which is understood as an “empirical investigation of a contemporary phenomenon, taking [into account] its context, especially when the boundaries between phenomenon and context are not evident “(Yin, 1994, p. 13). As pointed out by Escudero, Delfín, & Gutierrez (2008, p. 7), “the case study as research strategy has been used in many situations that have helped to generate awareness of a phenomenon that is an individual, group, political and/or complex phenomena”.

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