Presentation on theme: "Wired to Connect: Wired to Connect: The Science of The Science of Problem-Based Problem-Based Learning Learning Arkansas Student Success Symposium 3/27/2013."— Presentation transcript:
Wired to Connect: Wired to Connect: The Science of The Science of Problem-Based Problem-Based Learning Learning Arkansas Student Success Symposium 3/27/2013 Donna Younger, Ed.D.
THE SAME PART OF THE BRAIN IS ENGAGED WHEN WE SEE PEOPLE IN PAIN AS WHEN WE EXPERIENCE PAIN OURSELVES ANIMALS DO THIS AS WELL…. WIRED FOR EMPATHY
MIRROR NEURONS ARE ALSO ENGAGED WHEN WE WATCH SOMEONE PERFORM AN ACTION WE HAVE ALSO PERFORMED IN THE PAST “MIRROR” NEURONS HELP US LEARN BY CONNECTING “MIRROR” NEURONS HELP US LEARN BY CONNECTING
NEURAL PATHWAYS LEAD US TO LOOK FOR AN EXISTING “FILE” WHEN WE ENCOUNTER NEW INFORMATION OR EXPERIENCES. AND EACH TIME WE SEARCH, WE STRENGTHEN THE PATHWAY AND ENRICH THE “FILE”
Active Learning Strategies both use and develop the natural tendency of our wiring to make and strengthen connections
Engagement Strategies That Create Connec tions Problem-Based Learning – inquiry in order to apply learning Simulation – application of learning through problem-solving Project-based learning – application of learning through creation
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered active learning approach that addresses increasing demand for individuals who can Demonstrate technical or theoretical competence in their fields Apply knowledge to solve problems Identify and use resources in the field Work on a team Work as a reflective practitioner
PBL isn’t new… Was introduced in medical education to close the gap between school and the practice of medicine
PBL is characterized by… small groups ill-defined problem what we know vs. what we need to know need to know gathering and analyzing info evaluating alternate solutions recommending the best for the problem problem
PBL is flexible for the classroom… Single class session Team Project Course framework
PBL highlights benefits of the variety of learning preferences students represent
The nontraditional adult program at Arkansas College of the Professions has been successful for many years, relying on word-of-mouth referrals from students. With increasing competition, enrollments are suffering. The program is competence-based and encourages students to earn credit through prior learning assessment. What do you recommend to increase enrollments? A Short Sample of PBL
What do you know ….about the problem ….about the problem ….about the relevant field(s) ….about the relevant field(s) What do you need to know? What research needs to be done? What hunches do you have?
Would you rather have read an article about recruiting adult students??