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

October 22nd, 2015

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By Dr, D.M.L. (Daniëlle) Verstegen This is the first weekly summary. From now on we will limit the number of e-mails that your receive to only the weekly summaries, and emergencies. All other announcements will be only visible in NovoEd on the Homepage.

Some observations of the teaching team
We started this week with over 2500 subscribers. In the statistics we see that about half of you have been active in the first week. India, Brazil, and the Unites States are well represented, but we see participants from all over the world. Nearly 100 groups have been formed, some based in a particular country, others with a particular interest, e.g. language teachers or science teachers. The first discussions have started up, and we are very happy to see that many of you are making new connections, or renewing existing ones. If you haven’t started, go and see the excitement!

Key tasks this week
The key tasks of this week are to fill in your profile, choose a track and find a team. We really advise you to find your own team, because we know from research and experience that self-made teams work best. The drop-out will also be lower. A team size of 10-15 is recommended, but teams with 4 or 5 active participants can work well too. There is an upper limit of 30 people in a team, but we would advise splitting up in two teams when you get over 20 team members.

Once you are in a team you can start your first assignment: draw up a team charter so that you know how your team will collaborate and communicate.
NOTE: After Monday October 12 we will make new teams of those who have not joined a team yet. We can only do that, however, if you have filled in your profile!

Main topics in the Google Hangouts
• Introduction of the instructors
• The design of this MOOC
• Working in virtual teams: dividing roles and make appointments
• How to get into a team?
If you missed it, it is still available here.

Some practical issues
• To fill in your profile: click on your profile picture
• Find teams under Community – Teams; ask the team leader for permission to join
• If your team is still very small, invite others: go to Community-Students and search for students that have chosen your track, but are not in a team yet.
• Or if your team is still very small, consider merging with another team in your track
• You can only be a member of one team; you can switch teams, however. See the Quick start guide for more information.
• Find out more about how the Team Space works in the Preparation module or in the Quick start guide (both on the Courses page)

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