Skills I: Learning in Groups
Full course description
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a unique feature of the education provided at Maastricht. This educational system focuses on guiding students to become independent and enterprising problem-solvers. In order to achieve this goal, teaching must extend beyond the traditional individual studying and attending lectures. Students work in small groups on concrete problems from the field. As a team, they analyse problems, attempt to understand the underlying theories and learn to apply their knowledge to recognisable, realistic situations.
To perform well in this educational system, it is vital for students to have knowledge of the background and central elements of this system. During this course, students will learn and practice the skills needed to be successful in tutorial group meetings.
During the introduction week, first-year students will familiarise themselves with Problem-Based Learning and communication skills essential for learning in groups. The students will focus on practising with problem tasks. Special attention will be paid to skills, which are important for individual participation in groups and the role played by the discussion leader. One session will be completely devoted to teambuilding.
The corresponding practicals for Skills I are: Introduction UM Systems, Introduction Library
- are able to explain the PBL system and are able to implement the approach;
- can reflect on the group processes and reflect on their own performance in the tutorial group;
- can give examples on how to adapt their performance in a group (teambuilding);
- have knowledge of communication skills and leading a group and are able to demonstrate this knowledge in a new situation.