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Development and enhancement of problem based learning in Biosciences

CLAD, LDU (2011) Development and enhancement of problem based learning in Biosciences. Project Report. University of Birmingham, Birmingham. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The project was designed to develop the School of Biosciences practice of providing problem-based Learning (PBL) for a minority of students, Biochemists, by integrating it into the curriculum for all cohorts. In aiming to give students a deeper understanding of the theories and principles of biosciences, traditional didactic teaching formats, such as lectures, by this interactive form of learning were complimented. The added diversity of this student-led form of learning was intended to benefit the increasingly diverse educational background of students.

Some PBL exercises consisted of assigning undergraduates to small teams to work together to research topics. The topics were set with limited guidance that required student teams to identify key areas to research in order to deliver the required product for an exercise, for example a team pamphlet or poster. Additionally each team member delivered a short individual talk to other students who had researched different topics. Students reflected on their own contributions and those of their team-mates, and returned their appraisals. They received academic assessment of and feedback on the pamphlet or posters produced, and gave and received peer-assessment of their oral presentations.

The project has provided much improved communication with Exchange Tutors and other key contacts in academic departments, both via Exchange Tutors’ Forum and via day-to-day correspondence and conversation

It is envisaged that the findings from this can be transferred to other placements, such as the Year in Industry and clinical electives.

Type of Work:Monograph (Project Report)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Biosciences, Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD), Learning Development Unit (LDU)
Additional Information:

The original papers that comprise this project are stored at Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD), University of Birmingham. Please contact CLAD using the email address cladprojects@contacts.bham.ac.uk for any further information.

Series/Collection Name:Education Enhancement Projects
Keywords:problem-based learning, small teams, curriculum, student-centred, student centred, active learning, deeper learning, transferable skills, didactic, traditional, student-led, Biosciences, student led,
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Funders:LDU LIP
Copyright Status:This project report is copyright of the author and the University of Birmingham. Any use made of information contained in this project must be acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1479

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