What's in it for Students?
What's in it for YOU?
Jon Sticklen and Claudia Vergara
Center for Engineering Education Research
Thursday, February 13, 2014
11:30 - 1:30
Dean's Conference Room
NOTE ROOM CHANGE
Participants should bring their (charged)
laptops to the workshop sessions if possible. There will not be power at each
table, but if you bring your laptop charged, the session is short enough that
you will not have difficulty.
Problem based learning is becoming both a ubiquitous phase and an overloaded concept. Many educators have started with a loose idea of "problem-inspired instruction" and crafted an implementation that sufficed in their environments. We will try to clear some of the fog of conversation around PBL. Going further, we will motivate the workshop by first describing the origins of PBL - what were educators looking for that drove them towards PBL, and what is the relevance today especially for STEM educators.
The core of this workshop will be an active learning exploration using PBL by each participant. Participants are expected to attend the workshop with a particular class and a particular "unit" of the class in mind. Participants should plan on bringing their laptop to the session if possible. Small groups will be preset; in each group, participants will create a vision for turning the course unit they come with into a PBL experience for their students.
Take aways from the workshop will be initial experience in:
- a first exposure to participating in a PBL exercise
- determining what constitutes a good PBL "problem"
- being able to scaffold students into the problem so that they can "fly" on their own
- assessment strategies for PBL exercises
About Jon Sticklen and Claudia VergaraJon Sticklen is Director of the Center for Engineering Education Research (CEER), College of Engineering, MSU, and Director of the Applied Engineering Sciences (AES) undergrad degree program in Engineering. In AES, he has been developing PBL as the main driver in selected AES courses.
Claudia Vergara is a Senior Researcher in CEER, and has studied PBL approaches extensively of the last few years.
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Presentation Slides and Handouts