Title

Introduction to Soil Science: Transforming a Problem-Based Learning Course to Online

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of Original Version

2012

Abstract

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an effective pedagogical approach that relies on groups of students solving open-ended, authentic problems, a process that leads to students learning the course content through discovery. The PBL cycle - What do we know? --> What do we need to know? --> How are we going to learn it? - requires effective intra- and inter-group discussion, as well as instructor feedback, for students to learn course content. In this chapter I describe the process of transforming a live, bricks-and-mortar PBL course - Introduction to Soil Science - into its asynchronous, online version, and discuss the opportunities and limitations presented by teaching the course in an online environment.