Enhancing Problem Solving in Online Learning through Interactive Technologies

ID: 50021 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Mahnaz Moallem, UNC Wilmington, United States

Wednesday, November 16 2:45 PM-3:05 PM Location: Whitney View on map

Presider: Mikael Kivelä, University of Helsinki, Finland

Abstract: Implementing problem-based learning presents several challenges to both the instructors and students. One of the challenges is whether or not students can achieve required knowledge and skills when they are left on their own to explore and figure out problems with minimal guidance. Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark (2006) argued that students benefit more deeply from being guided when trying to solve a problem. Nonetheless, instructors are often faced with limited time and human resources to provide sufficient instructional support to students during the implementation of PBL (Hmelo-Silver, 2004). This issue presents, even more, challenges when students are at a distance and have to work with each other and the teacher facilitator online. The purpose of this “best practice” session is to show how an interactive technology application (Top Hat) was used to design and develop online learning modules that promoted guidance and scaffolding that are essential to PBL.


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