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Destination Problem-Based Learning

Destination: Problem-Based Learning (rocket rising towards sun)The Destination: Problem-Based Learning (DPBL) project at the Experiential Learning Center at Truckee Meadows Community College advocates for and supports problem-based learning in STEM classrooms nationally.We are funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Mapping Courses to Knowledge Units (KUs)

National Cyberwatch Center A Guide for Mapping Courses to Knowledge Units (KUs) is designed to provide detailed instructions for collecting and organizing program artifacts into a format which will facilitate entering an institution’s documentation into the NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence… Continue reading

International Conference Presentation: Online Knowledge Sharing

Prof. Darlene Russ-Eft, Oregon State University, and I presented our paper “Costs, Benefits, and Pufhrdarticipation in Online Knowledge Sharing in Communities of Practice” at the 15th international UFHRD conference at Edinburgh Napier University on June 6th. We reported… Continue reading

Inspiring students to risk, to create, and to explore

terrific-flying-birds-tattoo-designRed Burns‘s introduction to her Applications class at NYU’s ITP program should be in your PBL Tool Box to be taken out and shared with students as they embark on challenging PBL tasks:

What I want you to know:
That there is a difference between the mundane and the inspired.
That the biggest danger is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge
That any human organization must inevitably juggle internal contradictions – the imperatives of efficiency and the countervailing human trade-offs
That the inherent preferences in organizations are efficiency, clarity, certainty, and perfection.
That human beings are ambiguous, uncertain, and imperfect.
That how you balance and integrate these contradictory characteristics is difficult
That imagination, not calculation, is the “difference” that makes the difference
That there is constant juggling between the inherent contradictions of a management imperative of efficiency and the human reality of ambiguity and uncertainty
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DPBL Session, SoTL Commons Conference, Savannah,GA

SoTL Commons Conference

Building Learning Communities of Faculty through Contextual Bioinformatics Internships

Philip Gibson (Gwinnett Technical College)
Thursday, March 27, 9:00-9:45 am
Room 3, Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA

This session will examine the effectiveness of a scenario-based learning (SBL) tool known as… Continue reading

FLATE Focus Features DPBL Project

FLATE CenterThis month’s FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center) Focus newsletter features an interview with Jane Ostrander, PI of DPBL, about problem-based learning and the project’s plans. Read Nevada-based NSF Project Focuses on Cultivating Problem Based Learning at http://flate-mif.blogspot.com/

The… Continue reading