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Design of a supportive web-based PBL-tool

Mennink, W. (2018) Design of a supportive web-based PBL-tool.

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Abstract:Tutors at Stenden University Leeuwarden indicated that during Problem Based Learning-tutorials, students analysed the problem they discuss mostly with the first three methods explained in the learning materials, and did not attempt to analyse with other, to the problem at hand more appropriate, methods described. They expect the cause of this to be in the accessibility of information in the PBL-kit, and in particular with regard to step three of the PBL-process where students have to make a decision on the method the group is going to apply for analysing and subsequently selecting a problem. The aim of this study was to design a web-based supportive tool that stimulates students and tutors to use an appropriate method of analyses (MoA) in step three of the PBL-process and to investigate whether the design of a supportive web-based tool contributes to the selection of an appropriate MoA. The study is design-based, and fits a pragmatic paradigm with use of the generic instructional design model of Plomp. In order to design a web-based PBL-tool that supports the students of a specific program in a specific classroom setting, Rapid Prototyping (RP) was used for formative evaluation, and focused on usability. The overall findings in this study, based on the different evaluations, suggest that the study’s final product Prototype B forms a firm base for future design of the web-based PBL-tool as an instrument that is perceived as useful for exploring and selecting MoAs in step three of the PBL-process. They also indicate the application of design guidelines should be an ongoing process of developing and testing, and should keep inciting researchers to investigate and test improvements for the web-based PBL-tool in iterative loops, where variables that influence the use of the web-based PBL-tool, such as proficiency of tutors and students’ comprehension of MoAs ought to be included.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Stenden University, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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