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Date: November 2, 2010
MakingLearningReal.org Provides Problem Based Case Learning (PBCL) Tools
for Instructors, Students, Business Partners
Innovation in Teaching and Learning for Technological Education (ITL) announces the launch of MakingLearningReal.org, a comprehensive, free resource for teachers and administrators in technical education seeking to employ inquiry-based methodology in the classroom. Imagine completing a two-year technical degree and heading out into the workplace armed with real-world experience and a portfolio of successful projects. That’s the experience of students whose teachers employ the methods featured on MakingLearningReal.org. Created by leading experts in learning and cognition, this model builds on the understanding that students learn best when they are working on real problems in a project-based environment facilitated by partnerships with local businesses, which bring real-time, real-world business needs to the classroom.
Working from this industry problem, students and teachers engage in a process that embodies the whole range of experiences and skills needed to become effective in the workplace: brainstorming, proposing solutions, and then testing, revising, presenting and implementing them. This process significantly lowers the barriers typically separating the classroom from the real world while preparing students for the work world and providing them with valuable experience.
Used in secondary and post-secondary education, this model, known as Problem-Based Case Learning (PBCL), offers many benefits to students, educators, and business partners alike. PBCL developer and former dean of engineering technologies at Nashville State Community College Dr. Jim Johnson explains, “When asked to solve problems related to the job, students who have had the advantage of problem-based case learning are much better equipped and exceed the ability of students who did not.” Incorporating PBCL into the classroom is “the best thing I can do to prepare my students for the world,” adds Dale Rogers, Program Coordinator and Instructor for Multimedia Design at NSCC.
The benefits of the PBCL teaching model extend from the individual student to the community and on to the broader economy. Students who attended such courses demonstrate improved learning and retention of course content, transfer knowledge, skills, and attitudes to new environments and situations more effectively, and they develop problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork skills essential in the workplace. It’s not uncommon for students to describe courses taught using PBCL as among the most rewarding learning experiences they have had.
By contributing to the learning experience, business partners gain unique resources to address and resolve current business needs, as well as the opportunity to groom and recruit talent and assist in the development of a better-prepared future workforce.
To support this teaching model, MakingLearningReal.org offers free tools and resources, including:
for finding and collaborating with local business partners
Videos provide examples of this method in action, supplemented by reflections from instructors, administrators, industry partners and students. Learn more at makinglearningreal.org.
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