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    • The e-textbooks typically cost at least 80 percent of the print price.
    • “They tend to read backward and forward. It’s characteristic of the learning process.”
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    • Higher education’s purpose is to equip students for success in life
  • tags: e-learning, context

    • E-learning context is very important. It is common to find educators who perceive e-learning as internet-only education that encourages a static and content-focused series of text pages on screen. Others envisage the shallow and random online messages that are typical of a social real-time chat session, and wonder how that type of communication could add any value to academic discourse. Some may have experienced e-learning done poorly, and extrapolate their experience into a negative impression of all e-learning.
  • Nice, short summary of why PBL is a Good Thing


    • PBL promotes learning by emphasizing the formulation of questions raised by the problem rather than definitive solutions to it
    • Linking the problem to individual experience positively impacts motivation. It’s the principle of connecting what is new to what is already known
    • PBL relies heavily on active learning. Students work on the problem. They do research, make decisions, prepare reports, and give presentations
    • Real-world problems do not generally fit within the boundaries of a single discipline
    • the goal is to solve the problem with an application of relevant content
    • Students work on problems in groups or teams, thereby gaining experience and skill in small-group dynamics
    • Reference: Graaff, E. D., and Kolmos, A. (2003) Characteristics of problem-based learning. International Journal of Engineering Education, 19 (5), 657-662

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By Michael Rowe

I'm a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm interested in technology, education and healthcare and look for places where these things meet.