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Problem-based learning (PBL) in Virtual Space : Developing experiences for professional development

Gibbings, Peter, Bruce, Christine S., & Lidstone, John (2009) Problem-based learning (PBL) in Virtual Space : Developing experiences for professional development. VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken.

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Abstract

This book reports the outcomes of an investigation into discovering the qualitatively different ways that students experience Problem-based learning (PBL)in virtual space. PBL is increasingly being used in many fields including engineering education. At the same time, many engineering education providers are turning to online distance education. Unfortunately there is a dearth of research into what constitutes an effective learning experience for adult learners who undertake PBL instruction through online distance education. Data were collected from a course which adopted the PBL strategy and was delivered entirely in virtual space. Students were asked to respond to open-ended questions designed to elicit their learning experiences. Data were analysed using the phenomenographic approach. Five qualitatively different ways of experiencing PBL in virtual space were discovered. Results indicate that the design of students' online learning experience was responsible for making students aware of deeper ways of experienceing PBL in virtual space. The outcomes imply that pedagogical strategies can be devised for shifting students' focus as they engage in virtual PBL.

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ID Code: 28963
Item Type: Book
Keywords: Problem based learning, Virtual space, distance education, on-line teaching and learning, Phenomenography, HERN
ISBN: 9783639163148
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Information Technology
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2009 11:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 14:15

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