Beyond PBL: Using new spaces and learning design to improve student outcomes

Nicole Mitchell, Phillip Ebbs, Samantha Burbidge

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Many university seek to deliver an authentic learning experience for students by utilizing a Problem Based Learning (PBL) model. Methods: Over three years, we redesigned a paramedic pharmacology subject using PBL concepts and, in doing so, found we had journeyed beyond established PBL models. Results: The new approach uses several different student experiences and learning spaces to implement PBL, including collaborative, research, simulation, online and off-campus spaces. Initial data also suggest high levels of student satisfaction. Discussion: The ‘multi-space’ approach to PBL subject would be suitable for further rigorous evaluation of the educational design and outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 43rd International Improving University Teaching Conference, 2018
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2019
Event43rd International Conference on Improving University Teaching: New Spaces for Learning - Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018 (Conference program)


Conference43rd International Conference on Improving University Teaching
Abbreviated titleNew Spaces for Learning
CityPort Macquarie
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