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Problem-based Learning

Problem-based Learning
Monday, April 23, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia | Georgia Tech Campus

Associate Professor Amy Pritchett, who holds a joint appointment in the Schools of Aerospace Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, shares her experiences on using problem-based learning in a large, content-intensive engineering class. Her instructional methods include  randomly grouping students into 10 teams of 12-13 people each, and assigning four large problems. She uses "just-in-time" instruction to lecture on topics that students request and can cogently justify relative to the problem, spending roughly one hour per week. The remaining three hours each week are group-meeting times, facilitated by graduate students. Dr. Pritchett discusses both the logistical details faced in using such a pedagogy and the learning experience of the students. Students who participated in the course also contributed to the presentation.

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