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    Diana Sinton

    For a while I’ve been interested in the PBL approach to GIS instruction. I know it’s a very common approach, and I use it myself, but I don’t consider myself an expert in PBL knowledge itself.  For example, I’m wondering how it matters (to student learning) how a problem is explained, and especially when it’s a complex and multi-step problem, how its steps are sequenced.  I feel that I too often allow the problems to be data-driven, or driven by the sequence of chapters in a text book.



    Jon Caris

    At Smith we are planning to reorganize our Intro to GIS course along the lines of Community Based Research/Learning which will be similar to PBL (at least in my mind).  We are just beginning the conversation, but hope CBR/PBL will:

    more deeply engage students,
    require advanced critical thinking, and
    spark imagination.

    I will report back on our efforts and hopefully this thread will add to our recipe.  Bon Appetit!


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