Problem-Based Learning in the Biology Classroom
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Course Overview
- 3 Unit 1: What is problem-based learning and how is it beneficial to students?
- 4 Unit 2: How can problem-based learning activities be created and implemented in the classroom?
Welcome to Problem-Based Learning in the Biology Classroom!
This course will focus on the implementation of problem-based learning strategies and activities in the biology classroom. This type of learning engages students with a thought-provoking question that they will need to solve. During the course of a unit, students must cooperatively work through related activities that increase their understanding of the topic and help them answer the original question. PBL fits perfectly in the already hands-on subject of biology because it encourages a student-centered learning environment. In this course, you will learn about problem-based learning and how to design PBL activities for your classroom.
By the end of this course participants will be able to answer the following questions:
- What is problem-based learning?
- How can problem-based learning benefit students?
- What specific aspects of a problem-based learning activity make it successful?
- How can teachers successfully design their own problem-based learning activity for students?
The overreaching goal for this course is that you will implement more problem-based learning units or activities in your own classroom by utilizing the content in this course. Many teachers are reluctant to utilize this strategy for various reasons and this course will address those concerns. You may share in this hesitation, but hopefully this course will inspire you to try something new in your classroom!
This course is organized into two units with two lessons each. As you work through the course, you will be asked to:
- read various passages
- watch instructional videos
- reflect on your learning and your own classroom
- take notes
- record responses to prompts in a personal journal
- You will also be asked to fill out a K-W-L chart as you complete the course. This is a shared page among participants that can be edited. You can add your own comments and learn from the additions by others.
Unit 1: What is problem-based learning and how is it beneficial to students?
Unit 1 Objective:
Participants will understand what problem-based learning is and how it can impact learning.
Lesson 1 Objective:
- Participants will define problem-based learning.
Lesson 2 Objective:
- Participants will identify various benefits of problem based learning for learners.
Unit 2: How can problem-based learning activities be created and implemented in the classroom?
Unit 2 Objective:
Participants will successfully design their own problem-based learning activity for their own classsroom.
Lesson 3 Objective:
- Participants will identify the various aspects that make a specific PBL activity successful.
Lesson 4: How can teachers successfully design their own problem-based learning activity for students?
Lesson 4 Objective:
- Participants will design a PBL activity to use in their own biology classroom.