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Article  October 1, 2011

Sharing Models and Research to Build Leadership in Program Improvement

SRI Authors Louise Yarnall

Abstract

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional technique that offers one way to contextualize academic learning in real world tasks. It is increasingly used to accelerate developmental education in mathematics and English and engage students in STEM workforce education.

Educators find PBL challenging to implement because it requires tradeoffs around classroom activities and content coverage and different approaches to faculty preparation and student engagement. SRI designed an online community architecture that permits faculty from small departments in different community colleges to share ideas about how to integrate PBL into their classrooms. This presentation presents an overview of the architecture and a faculty perspective on how it provided support for classroom implementation of PBL in a STEM workforce course.

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