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

October 26th, 2015

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

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Some observations of the teaching team

We are very happy to see many interesting discussions on the ‘Discussions’. Groups of people seem to have found each other around specific topics, like PBL for young children, or How elaborate should self-study be? or How can we stimulate brainstorming. Have you noted that you can ‘subscribe’ to a thread that you find interesting? Then new comments will arrive in your e-mail (provided you haven’t changed the default settings in your profile).

It is also great to see all the new learning resources that you find and share on the ‘Discussions’. Please note, however, that you may only upload resources that are not licensed (open access). Otherwise, just give a link or reference.

Many teams seem to be finding their way to collaborate or communicate, using NovoEd facilities or other communication tools. We are learning from you there. Some teams seem to be struggling… That’s not unexpected. Starting up a virtual, online team is not easy. Try to make clear appointments about how to collaborate.

Key tasks this week

This week you have started the first post-discussion or reporting phase, of Problem 1. When you hand this in (in time), it will be subjected to peer review. Therefore, please take a last look and make sure that your assignment is comprehensible for outsiders. If you have taken a specific angle or focus, you can briefly explain this and/or copy in your learning questions of Assignment 1A.

After Assignment 1B is handed in, you will also be asked to evaluate your own contribution and the contribution of your team mates to the work that you did. We will use this information to try to track down who is still active and who is not. It will only have consequences for you if your contribution is consistently rated as insufficient by your team mates. Then you will not be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

Next week the three tracks split up, so you will see three new Assignments 2A appearing, one for each track. Note that this means that you can, if you want, also have a look at the assignments and resources of the other tracks.

Main topics in the Google Hangouts session

First of all, we apologize for the technical problems during this session. There were some problems with the sound.

Groups: keep groups that work well together, merging or changing may be necessary for others
Explanation of peer assessment and evaluation of team members’ contributions.
Comments of Diana Dolmans on Assignments 1A and questions in the Discussions
Reflections on Discussions
If you have missed it, it is still available on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlz6R0Ic_aw

The next hangout is on Friday October 30, 30/10/2015 – 2pm CET http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_stUkearIwM

Some practical issues

-Please note that NovoEd is upgrading and will be not available Saturday (10/24) at 12:01 AM PDT which will last for 2 hours until 2:01 AM PDT.

-If your team is working well, please feel free to refuse requests from others who might like to join late. On the other hand, if your team has few active members, you may want to welcome new members.

-If you are in a team that is largely inactive, consider merging with or joining another team in your track. You can search for another team in your track under Community-Teams. Use ‘Join’ button on their team profile page and/or contact the team leader through their personal profile page (there you can also see the track, if it is not specified in the team name). An alternative is to look for students in your track with a similar interest or background, and then see in which team they are. Or you can put a message in the Discussions (for your track). Some teams have also advertise there that they are looking for more members.

-How to find peer review (note that a grid is used in this course, not a text box): http://help.novoed.com/hc/en-us/articles/200085348-How-to-conduct-a-peer-review

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