How to Improve Learning when Going Online Using POPBL

Ole Borch, Jan Helbo, Per Printz Madsen

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It is accepted worldwide; that Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a very fine method to improve learning motivation and to satisfy the students being more innovative and creative. Progress in learning is supported by teaching, individual and team reflections and collaborative project work. On-campus the learning process is organized having scheduled course sessions, regular team meetings and project work in groups. As regards online education, rooms are virtual, team members are spread on different locations and distance teaching makes it difficult to attract attention. Consequently, Didactical, Pedagogical and Technological (DPT) methods must be selected and used properly to ensure progress in the learning process. Although it has never been proven that PBL increases learning, there are many observations indicating improved learning, e.g. the students are able to learn more beyond required objectives within the defined time slot. The remote online education Master of Industrial Information Technology (MII) at Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark, is using collaborative Project Organized PBL (POPBL) and is using new DPT resulting in very high motivation and in remarkable learning results. This article explains how this is achieved and sets up some recommendations for performing online POPBL. Experiences from online education are on-campus adaptable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSixth IASTED International Conference : web-based education
Number of pages4
Publisher<Forlag uden navn>
Publication date2007
ISBN (Electronic)9780889866515
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventSixth IASTED International Conference - Chamonix, France
Duration: 14 Mar 200716 Mar 2007


ConferenceSixth IASTED International Conference


  • Distance education
  • e-learning
  • on-campus
  • online

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    Borch, O., Helbo, J., & Madsen, P. P. (2007). How to Improve Learning when Going Online Using POPBL. In Sixth IASTED International Conference: web-based education (pp. 92). <Forlag uden navn>.