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

October 22nd, 2015

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

Note that we will no longer accept new subscribers after this weekend. So, if you have friends or colleagues who would still like to join, let them now!

Some observations of the teaching team
There are now about 2800 subscribers from all over the world, as shown in our Google maps:
Map Mooc
You can still add yourself to this map on: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1t5oL9FT0uvxiw_g1I0JOxUzXnbo&usp=sharing

Last Tuesday we made 12 new groups of all participants who had filled in their profile, but had not joined a group yet. This brings the total number of groups to 110. There are more groups in track 2, but also a reasonable number of groups in track 1 and track 3.
We are happy to see that the discussions on the general ‘Discussions’ page are becoming more active. Of course, we will keep an eye on these discussions, but we hope that you will react to each other mostly. Between all of you, you have an immense amount of experiences and ideas that we hope to learn from too. If you are looking for reactions, asking a clear question in your contribution is a good idea.

Key tasks this week
This week you have all started on part A of the first assignment: Problem-Based Learning: how, what, and why? This task is part of all three tracks. Just like in face-to-face PBL your first task is to have a brainstorm/pre-discussion to activate your prior knowledge and come to learning goals for your team. We expect different levels of knowledge of PBL, but also different interests… So, if your team want to focus on PBL in a particular domain or region or on one of the learning principles underlying PBL, your learning goals might be completely different from those of another team. We are looking forward to seeing what you have discussed.

Some teams have also worked on their team charter this week. If you haven’t finished it yet, please take some time to do so. Collaborating in a virtual team is a challenge, and good agreements are essential.

Main topics in the Google Hangout
• Number of participants and where they are from
• Extra groups formed by the teaching team
• Possibility to switch groups or merge teams if they are to small
• The essentials of group work & role of group work in this MOOC
• What’s happening in the Discussions?
If you have missed it, it is still available on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPgLEwATPRo
The next hangout is on Thursday October 22, 10am CET: https://plus.google.com/events/cilt7m0nmjqa13gesvhofhk714s

Some practical issues
-The team charter assignment is meant to be private, i.e. not visible to other teams. Due to a technical glitch they have been briefly visible, but this has been corrected. Our apologies.
-Note, however, that from now on all assignments that you hand in will be visible to all participants in this course. We think that you can learn a lot from seeing what other teams do. Please make sure that you remove any private or sensitive information and that your assignment is comprehensible for others.
-For your information: your team space is private to your team.
-If you are not in a team yet and would like to be, you have to find one yourself. Your best option is to look for a team yourself under Community – Teams. If they don’t mention which track they are following you can look at the profile of the team leader. Alternatively, look for students with similar backgrounds or interests under Community – Students and then check which team they are in. Some teams that are already very large have decided to accept no new members, but I think most of the smaller teams will be happy with your contribution
-If your team is very small or inactive, we advise you to merge or switch to another team. More information about how to do so is in the quick start guide on the Courses page.
-Note that we will no longer accept new subscribers after this weekend. So, if you have friends or colleagues who would still like to join, let them now!-Note that we will no longer accept new subscribers after this weekend. So, if you have friends or colleagues who would still like to join, let them now!

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