Computational Thinking in Problem Based Learning: Exploring the reciprocal potential

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This paper presents the initial insights from a study in which we explored the relation between computational thinking (CT) and problem-based learning in higher education. CT skills are increasingly recognized as a necessity to all lines of study, as they not only facilitate digital proficiency, but potentially also a sense of computational empowerment and an ability to take a critical and constructive approach to applying computers when solving complex problems. The distinct focus on higher education is routed in theoretical as well as empirically based challenges, as this particular group of learners for the vast majority have started their education in a mainly analogue learning setting, yet now face employments with a much stronger demand for digital competences. The discussions presented in this paper takes its point of departure in the Aalborg PBL-model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Learning with Meaningful Technologies - 14th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2019, Proceedings : Transforming Learning with Meaningful Technologies. EC-TEL 2019
EditorsMaren Scheffel, Julien Broisin, Viktoria Pammer-Schindler, Andri Ioannou, Jan Schneider
Number of pages4
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-29735-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-29736-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventFourteenth European Conference On Technology Enhanced Learning: Transforming Learning With Meaningful Technologies - TUDelft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Sep 201919 Sep 2019
Conference number: 14


ConferenceFourteenth European Conference On Technology Enhanced Learning
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Computational Thinking
  • Digital empowerment
  • Digital skills
  • Learning process recognition
  • Problem based learning

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