Originally Posted by why
What's a Problem-Based Learning System?
its a system of small group (8-12 people) learning where you are tasked to read about a certain topic beforehand then get together with a facilitator (who would normally be a lecturer) and solve a problem using all the basic concepts and information on what you read.
for example everyone would read up on the respiratory system (from all the major sciences like anatomy, physic, biochem ext) then be presented with a problem (a patient choking). And from there you could cover everything from the histology of the respiratory system, the physiology involved and its biochemical implications ect. The facilitator would ask questions and direct what you should need to know and how to integrate the subjects per organ system.
this way you can have a simple 1hour session and cover to what would normally be six one hour lectures in separate subjects with 150 students. everyone participates and learns actively and you're all teaching each other.
its awesome in theory especially if your group is composed of a majority of self motivated students. you really can just read up by yourself and avoid sitting in boring lectures then learn everything pertinent in concept and fully integrated within subjects per organ system.
but if your group is a bunch of lazy people and the facilitator doesn't show up to really guide you to whats important than its like a rudderless ship and a monumental waste of time better served sitting in lectures and passively learning.