Problem Based Learning
What is Problem Based Learning
Problem based learning is a learning process which involves a series of distinct steps that probably lead to better learning outcomes.
The steps involved in the PBL approach:
Claimed advantages of Problem Based Learning1. Student's retention will be better due to the deeper processing of information and the purposeful linking into what was already known inherent in the process.
2. The usefulness of the data will be improved, as it is linked together in a way that it will actually be used later.
3. Students will be more likely in future to be able to solve similar problems since they, during this process, solved this problem scenario to a degree, themselves.
(i.e. they will continue to be capable of self-directed learning).
Evidence for Problem Based Learning being superior.Whether the extra resources that are involved in providing problem based learning methodology are worth the supposed better outcomes at a given educational institution is a hotly debated subject.
Some institutions are therefore moving to PBL based learning, while others are abandoning it depending on their resources and interpretation of the educational literature.
Like with most hot debates, the truth likely will be decided to lie somewhere between the 2 points of view.
Problem Based Learning and RecallPlus
Using Problem based learning compliments the use of RecallPlus as using
PBL's will help you work out the important associations and 'Initial Prompts'
on cards, that better approximate the problems that you will face in the
Unlike with typical methods for either taking standard notes or making up flashcards, the 'ideas' represented by textboxes in RecallPlus with the 'hooks'/'links'/'connections' between them, reflect the way human memory actually works.
You can therefore more accurately represent what actually was being remembered using RecallPlus.
Students should record the way they thought about the topic including the new ideas and links AND how they related the new information to what they already knew (what their new 'memory hooks' were).
RecallPlus will then, in exactly the same way that they do for low level purely factual data, allow you to revise those memory hooks and higher levels of learning, in a scientific fashion.