Innovation of Problem Based Learning
The Innovation of Problem Based Learning pillar supports projects which contribute to further development of PBL within faculties and schools, or which cover major maintenance activities of PBL instructional design within programs. For that purpose, this pillar initiated two kinds of different projects:
1. large-scale projects which address innovation issues program wide
2. small-scale initiatives which serve as setting for testing ideas within course settings.
The first series of projects started in 2010. Each faculty / school submitted on large-scale project paying attention to major program-wide issues:
1. Psychology: ‘The psychology student as a researcher’
2. LAW: ‘Putting Law in Context’
3. University College Maastricht: ‘Web tool for master orientation’
4. Business & Economics: ‘From just to you to just for you’
5. Knowledge Engineering: ‘Bottlenecks in the project oriented learning concept at DKE’
6. Arts & Social Sciences: ‘The seven jump: in seven steps realizing an update of the PBL-system’
7. Health, Medicine & Life Sciences: ‘Back to our Roots’
Most projects produced their deliverables by end of 2011. During the project, a mid-term review took place to collect information about issues which occurred during project work, to evaluate how Leading-in-Learning may contribute to further project work, and to discuss how project deliverables could be embedded in UM programs.
This pillar supported large-scale projects for faculties and schools plus a series of more than 25 small-scale projects (the so-called “micro-grants program”). For 2011 only a series of large-scale projects was commissioned.
- SBE: Advancing Educational Leadership in Tutor Teams
- FASoS: Assignment: design and course revision: a hands-on apprroach to regenerate PBL at FASoS
- FASoS: First jobs - adequate competences?
- SBE: Speeding up the Master thesis writing process
- SBE: Following Graduates
There are also small projects aimed at improving and/or innovating education. Initiatives for these projects are taken by tutors, students, scientific staff but also by policy staff. Projects must be suited for immediate implementation in education.
The Micro-grants program attracted substantial attention with Maastricht University. After publication of this funding program (maximum funding of €5000,- per project), we received more than 40 project proposals within 6 weeks after the first announcement.
Several projects delivered knowledge and products which got adopted by other programs. For example the project deliverables of UCM and SBE formed the basis for new applications in other Leading-in-learning projects.
Chair: Wim Gijselaers
Project leader: Ellen Bastiaens
Tannelie Blom (FASOS)
Jeroen ten Haaf (UB)
Ineke Wolfhagen (FHML)
Herco Fonteijn (FPN)
Ria Wolleswinkel (Law)
Harm Hospers (UCM)