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ERIC Number: EJ865953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
eProblem-Based Learning: Problem-Based Learning Using Virtual Teams
Brodie, L. M.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v34 n6 p497-509 Dec 2009
Literature on engineering education stresses the need for graduates to have skills such as working globally in a multicultural environment; working in interdisciplinary teams; sharing of tasks on a global, around the clock basis; working with digital communication tools and in a virtual environment. In addition, accreditation criteria include attributes such as problem solving, communication, life-long learning skills and ethics. Problem-based learning (PBL) is well established in traditional on-campus settings in many professions but its use in "virtual" or online environments is not well-documented, particularly in engineering. However, it is ideally suited to delivering many of the required attributes. A fully online PBL course has been successfully delivered to engineering students studying via distance education. Students work entirely in a virtual mode, conducting online team meetings and utilising a variety of technologies to communicate and solve complex, real-world engineering problems. Design, implementation and evaluation results are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia