Problem-based Learning: Welcome to the Real World
The Chair of a Faculty Development Committee, guided three faculty (business, psychology, and theatre) through a peer mentoring research project to evaluate problem-based learning in the classroom as a learner-centered teaching technique to improve student learning outcomes. The results for both faculty and students were significant.
Problem-based learning is a student-centered inquiry process that increases transfer of learning. Dr. Flint's research at College of the Desert, a Hispanic Serving Institutution, proved that problem-based learning increased engagement and knowledge rentention, thus impacting learning. In this workshop you will review the theory of problem-based learning and its application in today’s classroom, evaluate the value ofthis method for workforce preparation, and identify how problem-based learning assists with assessment of student learning outcomes to meet accreditation standards.
- Review definitions of terms: learner-centered, teacher-centered, transfer of learniing, problem-based learning
- Brainstorm activity to identify the skills needed in a 21st century workforce global economy
- Demonstrate the relevance of problem based learning to the real world
- Facilitate large group discussion on application of problem based learning in the classroom
- Facilitate with a PowerPoint presentation and handouts
The uniqueness of this presentation is the combined background of the presenter – both corporate trainer (in companies like Hewlett-Packard) and tenured faculty member in higher education. Dr. Flint has a Masters in Public Administration, a PhD in Education, and will finish her MBA the end of 2008. She is an executive at a corporation, but consults on a daily basis with community college leaders. Dr. Flint is an adjunct professor of business courses at Biola University and continues practicing learner-centered teaching methods. She is passionate about incorporating workplace skills in community college curriculum to keep America competitive in a global economy and believes that problem-based learning is a method that works for all learning styles.
Handouts include Journal articles by Dr. Flint on Transfer of Learning and Problem-based Learning; college course outlines with the integration of workforce skills outcomes; and references for further reading and research.
Dr. Wendy Flint, Senior Vice President, Boston Reed College, CA