Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I sign up?

    • You can sign up directly here, and you will get an update via e-mail as soon as the course starts.
  2. For whom is this course interesting?
    • Prospective teachers or education students;
    • Teachers or instructors;
    • Education professionals and/or policymakers;
    • For everyone who’s interested in innovative education
  3. What will I learn?
    You can choose one of the 3 tracks:

    • The role of the tutor in PBL
    • Designing PBL problems and courses
    • Assessment and organizational aspects of PBL

    More information about the tracks and the learning goals of the course can be found on the course page.

  4. Will I get a certificate?
    • There is no exam at the end of this MOOC, but you will receive a certificate of participation if you:
      • Finish all four problems in a track,
      • Have participated actively in your team (as rated by your team members); and
      • Fill in the evaluation questionnaire at the end.
  5. How long does the course last?
    • The course will take 8 weeks;
  6. How many hours will I need to work on it per week?
    • The estimated effort is 4-8 hours per week.
  7. When does it start?
    • The first MOOC course is starting on the 5th of October 2015.
    • You can already sign up for this MOOC.
  8. What does it cost? 
    • It’s a free course by Maastricht University.
  9. How will the groups be formed?
    • We encourage you to form your own groups. After you sign up you can look for other participants to work with, for example people with similar interests or backgrounds.. The only restriction is that all people in the group should follow the same track (see also question ‘What will I learn?’).
      If you are unable to find a group, we will create groups automatically based on your profile and the track that you have chosen before the start of the first group assignment.
  10. How do groups collaborate?
    • Within your team you can choose how to collaborate using synchronous and/or asynchronous forms of communication. Synchronous collaboration, is most like face-to-face PBL. However, in online learning asynchronous forms of communication may sometimes be more practical. A hybrid form might involve an asynchronous brainstorming phase and a synchronous discussion in the reporting phase. Each team has a team space in NovoEd, but of course you can use other tools and facilities to communicate as well.
  11. Can I work on it without group work?
    • No, that’s not possible. The assignments involve discussions within your group.
  12. Can I join with friends or colleagues?
    • Yes, you can. The only restriction is that all persons in a group should follow the same track (see also question 3: ‘What will I learn?’).
  13. What does the course design look like?
    • This course is designed as a combination of short lectures and engaging team-based activities. Because the course centers around Problem-Based Learning, there will be fair amounts of group work, although there will be some individual assignments as well. You will be required to hand in an assignment (either individually or as groupt) at the end of each week.

In case you still have questions left and you can’t find the answers in the FAQ above, you can send an e-mail to pbl-mooc@maastrichtuniversity.nl. We will do our best to answer your e-mail as soon as possible.