Problem Based Learning Workshops
Admitted Student Day, March 22, 2014
There will be a workshop held from 10:00-11:30 AM. Problem based learning is a way of learning educational concepts and theories by attacking real world problems. In life problems are interconnected and complex and often require solutions that use multiple disciplines, theories and applications. Problems tend to aggressively cross disciplinary boundaries. Problem based learning teaches students how to think by requiring them to assess what they already know about the problem (assumptions), what they need to find out, how to find those things out, and then what the best way to apply that knowledge toward solving the problem. Faculty in PBL classes tend to serve more as mentors, guiding students toward resources, rather than lecturers, and students should expect to encounter road blocks, red herrings, and new dimensions of the problem as they go. The process is as important as the product. For this workshop we are looking for creativity, an ability to look at a problem from a variety of perspectives, problem solving and critical thinking abilities, team work, leadership if appropriate, communication skills, and decision making. The ability to deal with an ill-structured problem and come up with an action plan and delegated duties is also important. The correct answer is not necessarily the goal, since many of these problems do not have a single correct answer—they usually involve a series of compromises.
• Decide what the problem is and decide what assumptions you must make in order to identify the problem.