“You can forget facts but you can not forget understanding”
~Professor Eric Mazur
As Professor Mazur said : “it is about understanding”. PBL It is about understanding and enhancing skills and it also brings another dimension to the teaching/learning environment, besides challenging the traditional way of teaching/learning , it increase the amount of work for both educator and student, BUT, if we are trying to get our students ready for real world issues ,I still think that it is worth it to use it, as we all know, we need to teach and train our students to use their facts, no just to memorize them.
PBL , as everything new, has some benefits and risks for students, educators and institutions, I still feel that the advantages and applications of PBL (in almost every field) outweigh the risks ( students lacking of prior PBL experiences )will help to create a more interdisciplinary and diverse educational environment that will prepare students for an interdisciplinary and diverse world.
Other advantage of PBL is that it can be use as early as elementary school level (see video below)
PBL offers a new educational environment and helps to decrease the boredom, but still it can create certain uncertainty, on one hand students might think that PBL looks like a lot of work and on the other hand the educators might find that even thought PBL is a very innovated way of teaching, still they will need to assess if their student have learned the content.
PBL can actually be a win-win situation for both , the students and the educators; the content can be assess, perhaps in the traditional way by given a quiz/test to the students as was done by UVA . PBL will help educator and students to have a learning environment that will go beyond the classroom, it will go to the real life, as we know getting a high score does not necessary means than we can do things in real life, it does not guaranty that students have really learned.
In my opinion, I can definitely think that it is easier to learn while we apply our knowledge than just memorizing and according with the adult learning principles , adults need to know what they are learning and learn through doing, also I feel like it is easier to remember when we actually can apply what we have learned that just memorizing things, therefore PBL offers a very exciting new way of learning and also the opportunity to use our creativity and interact with more people.
If you want to enroll in an online PBL course, you can do it here.
When we speak about food deserts and chronic diseases, it is frustrating to see how people can get sick due to their location and accessibility to grocery stores, but what happens when people have a healthier food choice and still do not take it?, well we can assume that income will be a barrier, also we can think of lack of education or motivation and that is why some institutions have tried to decrease this kind of barriers in order to increase the access to healthy choices. Boston could not be the exception , Mass is the only state (so far) with Universal Care therefore getting access to health care professionals is not an issue, but still people have been getting chronic diseases that are linked to unhealthy behaviors.