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Problem-based Learning into the Future

Imagining an Agile PBL Ecology for Learning

  • Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek
  • Henk Huijser

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
    Pages 1-9
  3. Imagining Agile PBL in a Changing World for Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 13-30
    3. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 31-48
  4. Imagining an Agile PBL Curriculum for Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 51-78
    3. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 79-104
  5. Imagining an Agile University for Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 107-125
    3. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 127-149
    4. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 151-173
    5. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 175-192
    6. Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek, Henk Huijser
      Pages 193-195

About this book

Introduction

In this book we respond to a higher education environment that is on the verge of profound changes by imagining an evolving and agile problem-based learning ecology for learning. The goal of doing so is to humanise university education by pursuing innovative approaches to student learning, teaching, curricula, assessment, and professional learning, and to employ interdisciplinary methods that go far beyond institutional walls and include student development and support, curriculum sustainability, research and the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as administration and leadership.

An agile problem-based learning (PBL) ecology for learning deliberately blurs the boundaries between disciplines, between students and teachers, between students and employers, between employers and teachers, between academics and professional staff, between formal and informal learning, and between teaching and research. It is based on the recognition that all of these elements are interconnected and constantly evolving, rather than being discrete and static.

Throughout this book, our central argument is that there is no single person who is responsible for educating students. Rather, it is everyone’s responsibility – teachers, students, employers, administrators, and wider social networks, inside and outside of the university. Agile PBL is about making connections, rather than erecting barriers.

In summary, this book is not about maintaining comfort zones, but rather about becoming comfortable with discomfort. The actual implementation is beyond the scope of this book and we envisage that changing perceptions towards this vision will itself be a mammoth task. However, we believe that the alternative of leaving things as they are would ultimately prove untenable, and more distressingly, would leave a generation of students afraid to think, feel, and act for themselves, let alone being able to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Keywords

Employability Skills Graduate Attributes Learning and Teaching PBL curriculum PBL theory and practice Problem Based Learning

Authors and affiliations

  • Megan Yih Chyn A. Kek
    • 1
  • Henk Huijser
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool UniversitySuzhouChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-2454-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2452-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2454-2
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