ERIC Number: ED443829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Designing a PBL Experience for Online Delivery in a Six-Week Course.
Orrill, Chandra Hawley
This paper describes and evaluates the design process involved in creating a single problem for online delivery in a problem-based learning (PBL) situation. The paper attempts to highlight the issues involved with implementing the problem in a completely distributed environment through a narrative about the design of the problem within an instructional design model. The problem was developed for a graduate-level course titled "Integrating the Internet across the Curriculum." The Theoretical Model for the Design of Open-Ended Learning Environments (OELE) (J. Hill and S. Land, 1998) was used, and following this model, the first steps were analyses of the environment and the participants. Goals were defined, with the PBL approach chosen to provide students with a rich opportunity to explore elements of technology integration. The selection of delivery media was easier because of the researchers' access to an asynchronous conferencing tool that had been developed to support PBL in a distributed environment. The one area of OELE that was different for this delivery was the inclusion of all course supporting material on the Web site. The design phase concluded with the development of an evaluation plan and a plan for maintenance of the online PBL experience. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: One of three papers presented in Session 12.02, "Problem-Based Learning in an Online Instructional Technology Course," at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).