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1 Running head: TECHNOLOGY IN PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING Investing in Technology to promote Problem-Based Learning Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation
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2 TECHNOLOGY IN PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING Table of Contents Executive Summary ......................................................................................................................... 3 Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... 4 Benefits of Problem-Based Learning ............................................................................................... 5 Benefits of the Integration of Technology in Problem-Based Learning .......................................... 6 The Proposed Project Needs ............................................................................................................ 8 Authentic Learning ...................................................................................................................... 8 Access to Learning Resources ..................................................................................................... 9 Technologies that Support Discussion ......................................................................................... 9 Reflection ................................................................................................................................... 10 Collaboration .............................................................................................................................. 11 Assessment ................................................................................................................................. 11 Conclusion ..................................................................................................................................... 12 References ...................................................................................................................................... 13
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3 TECHNOLOGY IN PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING Executive Summary Project-based learning (PBL) involves promoting deep and comprehensive learning approaches in the teaching-learning environment through the engagement of learners in investigating problems related to the subject that are authentic to foster the achievement of better learning outcomes. The proposed project requires the university to invest in various technology tools that support and foster project-based learning and facilitate the change from the traditional approach to learning to a project-based approach. PBL contributes to authentic learn where the emphasis is not only placed on the delivery of knowledge but also the application of knowledge to solve real problems. PBL also fosters interaction among students, between the student and the teacher, and the student and learning resources. The integration of technology enhances the outcomes of PBL by extending the learning process beyond the walls of the lecture room, facilitating formative feedback, increasing access to learning materials, and promoting virtual collaboration and discussion. Technology tools that the university should implement in the project that aims to increase the level of technology employed in the institution include e- learning, audio and video conferencing, discussions held through an online platform, web databases, discussion boards, web blogs, computer Mediated Communication, and electronic portfolios. The implementation of the tools is believed to enhance the quality and outcomes of PBL.
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4 TECHNOLOGY IN PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING Investing in Technology to promote Problem-Based Learning Introduction The concept of project-based learning (PBL) can be traced to the early 1900s, when approaches to teaching that promoted the involvement of students in learning about issues that were relevant to day-to-day activities was introduced in the field of education. According to John Dewey, positive learning outcomes could only be achieved by moving to learning by doing approach[CITATION Yam10 \p 4 \l 1033 ]. Dewey required educators to balance between the delivery of knowledge and hands-on activities. The increased demand for university education in developed countries in the 1960s contributed to the need for the delivery of quality university programs and an increased interest in project-based learning[CITATION Law14 \p 1 \l 1033 ].
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