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Shifting Perceptions Within Online Problem-Based Learning, Roisin Donnelly, Timo Portimojärvi Jan 2008

Shifting Perceptions Within Online Problem-Based Learning, Roisin Donnelly, Timo Portimojärvi

Books/Book Chapters

This chapter is aimed at supporting academic staff in universities and colleges who have begun or are considering introducing online problem-based learning (OPBL) for students’ learning. OPBL is a promising combination of pedagogical innovations and technological solutions which support and enhance each other. In this chapter we will examine the perceptions present in higher education today, which are connected with the development within the research fields of e-learning and problem-based learning. This chapter is based on the recent and extensive emergence of literature on online learning and the success of problem-based learning (PBL). Traditionally, PBL has usually been conducted in ...


Analysis Of The Transformative Potential Of Blended Problem-Based Learning In Higher Education Faculty Development, Roisin Donnelly Jan 2008

Analysis Of The Transformative Potential Of Blended Problem-Based Learning In Higher Education Faculty Development, Roisin Donnelly

Conference papers

A hugely important area in any form of PBL delivery is the role of the instructor; in a blended learning environment, it is even more crucial. Hughes and Daykin (2002) have suggested that a move to online delivery needs a greater attention to design and development of facilitator skills than has been previously recognised. A blended module for faculty, delivered using a problem-based learning approach, is the setting for continuing research into the transformative role that an instructor can play during the learning process. Coppola, Hiltz and Rotter (2001) identify a number of roles played by instructors in e-learning, but ...


Online Problem-Based Learning Approach In Higher Education., Roisin Donnelly Jan 2007

Online Problem-Based Learning Approach In Higher Education., Roisin Donnelly

Books/Book Chapters

This paper begins with a brief review of the history of problem-based learning (PBL) integrated with online learning, and surveys relevant learning theory, including constructivism and cognitivism. Recent case-study research on a postgraduate diploma module in learning and teaching for faculty and lecturers in higher education is then provided to illustrate the key issues for both faculty and students in this evolving area. Emerging trends in combining PBL and online learning are outlined, along with potential opportunity to continue to research the topic in a different light. The paper concludes with an overview of the research area, aspects of which ...