Developing problem based learning communities in virtual space

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Brodie, Lyn and Gibbings, Peter. 2007. "Developing problem based learning communities in virtual space." Zehner, Robert and Reidsema, Carl (ed.) ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education. Sydney, Australia 09 - 12 Jul 2007 Sydney, Australia.
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Developing problem based learning communities in virtual space

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsBrodie, Lyn (Author) and Gibbings, Peter (Author)
EditorsZehner, Robert and Reidsema, Carl
Journal or Proceedings TitleConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education
Number of Pages4
Year2007
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN9780646481470
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.connected2007.com.au
Conference/EventConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education
Event Details
ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education
Event Date
09 to end of 12 Jul 2007
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

[Abstract]: This paper examines the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) to develop learning communities for students undertaking a Problem Based Learning (PBL) university course. The PBL course is offered to both on-campus and off-campus (distance) students. Students use the LMS platform to undertake team based work, including team meetings, team communications, and electronic submission of team and individual assessments.
Statistics have been collected on students’ usage of the LMS, both within a PBL team and by the student body as a whole. This data is analysed, in conjunction with feedback from students, to demonstrate how new communication technology is being used to create learning ‘communities’ in virtual space.
Distance students were able to form effective teams using only electronic communication methods. Despite never meeting face to face, it was found that distance students felt a great sense of ‘community’, which fostered mentoring and collaborative learning. The LMS provided an online learning environment that encouraged reflective thought and dialogue with others, both of which are critical to transformative learning and social constructivism. Interestingly, the LMS was also increasingly used by the on-campus students for virtual meetings in place of traditional face to face meetings.
This contemporary learning environment, made possible due to the creative use of new technology, compels the learner to become an active participant in the learning process. The focus is as much on the process as it is on the content; essentially the process of learning becomes part of the content that is learned. The process allows students to appreciate the value of participation, trust and mutual respect, and diversity, which are essential for effective functioning of teams in a global market place.

KeywordsProblem Based Learning, PBL, distance education, virtual teams, learning management systems, learning community, higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
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Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
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Brodie, Lyn and Porter, Mark. 2009. "Transitions to first year engineering - diversity as an asset." Studies in Learning Evaluation Innovation and Development. 6 (2), pp. 1-15.
Problem-based learning (PBL) in virtual space: developing experiences for professional development
Gibbings, Peter, Bruce, Christine and Lidstone, John. 2009. Problem-based learning (PBL) in virtual space: developing experiences for professional development. Berlin, Germany. VDM Verlag Dr. Muller.
Engaging distance and on-campus students in problem based learning
Brodie, L. M. and Porter, M.. 2008. "Engaging distance and on-campus students in problem based learning." European Journal of Engineering Education. 33 (4), pp. 433-443. https://doi.org/10.1080/03043790802253574
Using student experience of problem-based learning in virtual space to drive engineering educational pedagogy
Gibbings, Peter, Lidstone, John and Bruce, Christine. 2008. "Using student experience of problem-based learning in virtual space to drive engineering educational pedagogy." Mann, Llewellyn, Thompson, Adam and Howard, Prue (ed.) 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2008). Yeppoon, Australia 07 - 10 Dec 2008 Canberra, Australia.
Successful use of a wiki to facilitate virtual team work in a problem-based learning environment
Cochrane, Sandra, Brodie, Lyn and Pendlebury, Greg. 2008. "Successful use of a wiki to facilitate virtual team work in a problem-based learning environment." Mann, Llewellyn, Thompson, Adam and Howard, Prue (ed.) 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2008). Yeppoon, Australia 07 - 10 Dec 2008 Canberra, Australia.
Assessment strategy for virtual teams undertaking the EWB Challenge
Brodie, Lyn. 2008. "Assessment strategy for virtual teams undertaking the EWB Challenge." Mann, Llewellyn, Thompson, Adam and Howard, Prue (ed.) 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2008). Yeppoon, Australia 07 - 10 Dec 2008 Rockhampton, Australia.
Steps in developing an advanced software engineering course using problem based learning
Brodie, Lyn, Zhou, Hong and Gibbons, Anthony. 2008. "Steps in developing an advanced software engineering course using problem based learning." Engineering Education. 3 (1), pp. 2-12. https://doi.org/10.11120/ened.2008.03010002
A comparison of methods for mapping golf greens
Reynolds, Wade, Young, Frank R. and Gibbings, Peter. 2007. "A comparison of methods for mapping golf greens." Spatial Science Queensland. 2007 (4), pp. 33-36.
Reflective writing by distance education students in an engineering problem based learning course
Brodie, Lyn. 2007. "Reflective writing by distance education students in an engineering problem based learning course." Australasian Journal of Engineering Education. 13 (2), pp. 31-40.
Problem based learning for distance education students of engineering and surveying
Brodie, Lyn. 2007. "Problem based learning for distance education students of engineering and surveying." Zehner, Robert and Reidsema, Carl (ed.) ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education. Sydney, Australia 09 - 12 Jul 2007 Sydney, Australia.
How well does the virtual reference stations (VERS) system of GPS base stations perform in comparison to conventional RTL?
Gibbings, Peter and Ong Kim Sun, G.. 2005. "How well does the virtual reference stations (VERS) system of GPS base stations perform in comparison to conventional RTL?" Journal of Spatial Science. 50 (1), pp. 59-73. https://doi.org/10.1080/14498596.2005.9635038
Physics concepts: Engineering PBL at USQ
Sabburg, J., Fahey, P. and Brodie, L.. 2006. "Physics concepts: Engineering PBL at USQ." Sang, Robert and Dobson, John (ed.) Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) 17th National Congress 2006. Brisbane, Australia 03 - 08 Dec 2006 Brisbane,Australia.
Assessing the accuracy and integrity of RTK GPS beneath high voltage power lines
Gibbings, Peter, Manuel, Brent, Penington, Rafe and McDougall, Kevin. 2001. "Assessing the accuracy and integrity of RTK GPS beneath high voltage power lines." Higgins, Matthew (ed.) 42nd Australian Surveyors Congress 2001: A Spatial Odyessy. Brisbane, Australia 25 - 28 Sep 2001 Brisbane, Australia.
Comparison of a d-GPS system and conventional guidance for spraying applications
McDougall, Kevin, Gibbings, Peter and Wolski, Ivan. 2001. "Comparison of a d-GPS system and conventional guidance for spraying applications." 5th Precision Agriculture in Australasia Symposium: Information for Better Production and Environmental Management. Sydney, Australia 17 - 19 Jul 2001 Adelaide, Australia.
Problem based learning in the online environment - successfully using student diversity and e-education
Brodie, Lyn. 2006. "Problem based learning in the online environment - successfully using student diversity and e-education." Sudweeks, Fay (ed.) 2006 Annual Conference on Internet Research 7.0: (IR 7.0): Internet Convergences. Brisbane, Australia 27 - 30 Sep 2006 Chicago, IL, United States .
Problem based learning for on-campus and distance education students in engineering and surveying
Brodie, Lyn and Porter, Mark. 2006. "Problem based learning for on-campus and distance education students in engineering and surveying." Doyle, Susan and Mannis, Adam (ed.) Engineering Education 2006 (EE2006). Liverpool, United Kingdom 24 - 26 Jul 2006 Liverpool, UK.
Re-skilling staff for PBL teaching in a team context
Brodie, Lyn, Aravinthan, Thiru, Worden, John and Porter, Mark. 2006. "Re-skilling staff for PBL teaching in a team context." Doyle, Susan and Mannis, Adam (ed.) Engineering Education 2006 (EE2006). Liverpool, United Kingdom 24 - 26 Jul 2006 Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Are equipment simulators effective when used for technology-based training?
Gibbings, P. and McDougall, K.. 2005. "Are equipment simulators effective when used for technology-based training?" Journal of Spatial Science. 50 (2), pp. 79-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/14498596.2005.9635051
Comparison of a d-GPS system and conventional guidance for spraying applications
McDougall, Kevin, Gibbings, Peter and Wolski, Ivan. 2002. "Comparison of a d-GPS system and conventional guidance for spraying applications." Measure and Map.
Welding of skin using Nd:YAG laser with bipolar contact applicators
Brodie, Lyn. 2003. Welding of skin using Nd:YAG laser with bipolar contact applicators. Masters Thesis Master of Engineering. University of Southern Queensland.
Understanding student diversity and the factors that influence academic success: a preliminary study
Burton, Lorelle J., Dowling, David, Dorman, Marilyn and Brodie, Lyn. 2005. "Understanding student diversity and the factors that influence academic success: a preliminary study." McInerey, Dennis M. and Van Etten, Shawn (ed.) Focus on curriculum. Greenwich, Connecticut, United States. Information Age Publishing. pp. 275-298
An evaluation of geoid models on the Great Dividing Range escarpment
Gibbings, Peter and McDonald, Adam. 2005. "An evaluation of geoid models on the Great Dividing Range escarpment." Spatial Science Queensland. 2005 (5), pp. 30-37.
Learning flexibility: The environment and a case study
Young, Frank R. and Gibbings Peter. 2007. "Learning flexibility: The environment and a case study ." 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2007). Singapore 02 - 05 Dec 2007 Australia. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). pp. 1121-1133