Teaching development grants final and financial report: Faculty development in PBL as a vehicle for OBL

Philip HALLINGER, Jiafang LU

Research output: Other contributionTeaching Development Grants (TDG)

Abstract

This project will focus on developing faculty capacity in using problem-based learning as an instructional method for teaching within the framework of Outcomes Based Learning (OBL). To date, instructors may perceive the implementation of OBL as a top-down initiative that will constrain their degrees of freedom and creativity in teaching. In part, this perception comes from the belief that the easiest or proper way to meet the requirements of OBL is through teacher-directed instruction. This project will focus on broadening the possibilities open to instructors for achieving the objectives of OBL through the use of problem-based learning (PBL). PBL offers considerable flexibility and creativity for instructors and has a documented capability for engaging learners and achieving specific, assessable learning outcomes. Indeed, the mode of PBL that we will disseminate in the project requires not only the definition of learner-focused objectives as part of the curriculum unit, but also specification of demonstrable performance outcomes and methods of assessment to determine each student's level of mastery. The project will involve four overlapping phases: 1) faculty development consisting of six hands-on workshops that will address why, when and how to develop and use PBL, 2) design new learning units, 3) implement new learning units, 4) conduct formative evaluation of new learning units. The training and development activities specified in this project will be open to all faculty members (within capacity limitations) in FES. The first workshop session that introduces PBL will be open to a larger audience (e.g., up to 60 faculty members). Subsequent sessions will be open to faculty members who commit to advance through all four phases of the project.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Citation

Hallinger, P., & Lu, J. (2011). Teaching development grants final and financial report: Faculty development in PBL as a vehicle for OBL. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Keywords

  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG) Report
  • TDG project code: T3333
  • Period: TDG 2008-2009
  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG)

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