Problem-based learning workshop popular in the South
Whether you are a new tertiary educator or an experienced practitioner, the problem-based learning (PBL) approach can enhance your teaching practice. It is designed to help students develop effective problem solving and self-directed learning. PBL also stimulates motivation and strengthens their collaboration skills.
|Facilitator Cath Fraser pictured here with YMCA tutors at April's PBL workshop, Dunedin Training Centre.|
Over the past year, 64 tertiary educators in the Southern Region participated in a PBL workshop with facilitator Cath Fraser, as part of Ako Aotearoa’s Professional Development Programme. Their feedback has been consistently positive:
“The workshop provided a better way of engagement and assessment.”
“The workshop provided the time/space to reflect on ways to reinvigorate my current teaching.”
“A very organised presenter with very useful content and evidence of this in practice – videos.”
Cath took the most recent group of participants in April through her “3C’s, 5 keys, 5 E’s and 3 r’s ” approach to learning. The session included video clips demonstrating examples of PBL provided by TTEA winners from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
Problem-based learning is an approach to teaching and learning that is student-centred and active. It has its origins in work done in the 1960s at the the McMaster University Medical School in Canada. The approach emphasises group work, learner autonomy and self-management in ‘real world’ contexts, with the tutor’s role being one of relinquishing control over content and becoming a questioner, challenger and monitor.
If you want to refresh your teaching practice and have not tried the problem-based learning approach before, contact one of the Regional Hub Managers about holding this workshop in your area. This can be done as an in-house workshop for your staff group, or as a public workshop event.
The session is also of value to practitioners without a formal teaching background, and can be adapted for most tertiary settings.