Weekly summary: The fifth week of Problem-Based Learning: Principles and Design

November 9th, 2015

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Posted by Dr, D.M.L. (Daniëlle) Verstegen

Some observations of the teaching team
We see in the analytics that participation in this MOOC is now fairly stable: most people who have managed to participate up to seem to continue. Although there is still a small decline, there are still well over 60 teams that have handed in last week’s assignment. Track 3 is least popular, and Track 2 has most teams, but in general we see that many teams include aspects of tutoring, designing, and assessing PBL in their discussions anyway.

Now that the tracks have split up some teams have found out that their members are actually interested in different tracks. The fact that the platform doesn’t really support parallel tracks seems to be partly causing this confusion. Note that you do have access to all assignments of all teams; as long as you agree –as a team- on what you want to work on you can freely choose (also problems from different tracks, if you wish).

Key tasks this week
You are now all working on the first problem in a specific track. Many interesting questions were raised in the pre-discussion/brainstorming phase last week. A brief reflection on all three tracks is part of the Google Hangouts session (Track 2 and 3) and a separate short clip (Track 1), all on the Google Hangouts page under ‘Courses’.

Main topics in the Google Hangouts & two additional short clips
-Reflection on Assignments 2A
-Discussion about different aspects of PBL with two students
All are still available on:

The next hangout is on Thursday November 12 – 18.30 hrs CET http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_stUkearIwM

Some practical issues

-Some of you have already noticed that you have access to the assignments and materials of all tracks. Take a look if you are interested.
-Unfortunately, this also means that you see the reminders of all tracks. We can’t change this, so please ignore reminders for assignments that are not part of your track.
-There are some interesting comments from other participants on this MOOC. We are eager to hear your experiences and suggestions: https://novoed.com/problem-based-learning/oe/#!/forums/51084
-Would you like to participate in one of Hangouts sessions to discuss your experiences in this course? Please let us know!

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