Problem-Based Learning

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an educational strategy for instruction that is characterized by using real world-inspired problems to support content knowledge acquisition and problem-solving skills development. The Buck Institute, a leader in PBL training, defines PBL as “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge” (pblworks.org).
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Unit 2. PBL in a Connectivist Math Classroom

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PBL is a student-centered pedagogy in which students collaborate to learn about mathematics through the experience of analyzing and solving a specific, real-world problem. PBL helps the students develop flexible knowledge, effective problem-solving skills, self-directed learning, effective collaboration skills, and intrinsic motivation. Working in groups, students identify what they already know, what they need to know, and how and where to access new information that may lead to the resolution of the problem. The role of the teacher is to facilitate learning by supporting, guiding, and monitoring the learning process, not by traditional lecturing. The following are key features of PBL.

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How are connectivist strategies and PBL strategies similar? How can you change your current teaching strategies to incorporate PBL in your classroom?

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