Introduction to Soil Science: Transforming a Problem-Based Learning Course to Online
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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.
Amador, J. A. 2012. Introduction to Soil Science: Transforming a Problem-Based Learning Course to Online p. 79-91. In Taking Your Course Online: An Interdisciplinary Journey (K.M. Torrens and J. A. Amador, Eds.), Information Age Publishing, Inc., Charlotte, NC. Available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=6yNi-17qYdEC&pg=PR7&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false