I come from a traditional school background with one teacher screaming at 42 students (still we managed to learn something). Years later, at the University of Linkoping I learned the Problem based learning (PBL) method. First as a student myself and then as a mentor in base groups. It was a very exciting experience opening a door to another way of teaching.
What fascinates me about the PBL method is the dynamism of the discussions and that you have to become “a master” in the art of generating questions :-)… not any question but the key questions that arouse curiosity and thirst for reading an extra page in the textbook.
Moderating PBL groups is also difficult: you would like to interrupt a discussion but then you have to remember that every group has a “tempo”. Moreover assessing the students is not that straightforward when there a lot is up to self-discipline and happens at home.
And yet a step forward: PBL group online??? How is going to be? I don’t really know but I am looking forward to this ONL162!