Designing and implementing a PBL course on educational digital video production: lessons learned from a design-based research

  • Päivi HakkarainenEmail author
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This paper reports on a design-based research (DBR) process for designing, implementing, and refining a problem-based learning (PBL) course on educational digital video (DV) use and production at the University of Lapland’s Faculty of Education. The study focuses on the students’ learning processes and outcomes from the viewpoint of meaningful learning. The research subjects included two pilot students and ten students enrolled in the course. To promote the reliability of the findings, data of various kinds and from multiple sources were used, including video recordings of the PBL tutorial sessions. The results suggest that PBL offers a good model to support students’ knowledge and skills in producing and using educational DV. In addition, the results suggest that DV production can be used as a method to learn about the subject matter of the DVs.


Design-based research Meaningful learning Problem-based learning Students-as-video-producers 



The study was conducted as part of (1) the LEVIKE—Network-based Higher Education project, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), and (2) the Web-SeaL project, funded by the Academy of Finland (project no. 1110628). The author would like to thank the students of the Digital Video course for being enthusiastic students, research subjects and co-workers in the refinement of the course.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Centre for Media PedagogyUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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