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The pedagogical enhancement of open education: An examination of problem-based learning

  • Seth Gurell Brigham Young University
  • Yu-Chun Kuo Utah State University
  • Andrew Walker Utah State University
Keywords: open education, problem-based learning, open educational resources, higher education

Abstract

Open education, as embodied in open educational resources (OER) and OpenCourseWare (OCW), has met and dealt with several key problems. The movement now has a critical mass of available content. Leveraging no small amount of funding and associated development, open education has the tools to collect, disseminate, and support the discovery of open materials. Now that the foundation for openness has been laid, practitioners are experimenting with new kinds of education and pedagogies associated with open content (Weller, 2009; di Savoia, 2009). Problem-based learning is one of many progressive pedagogies that might be combined with open education. This paper defines problem-based learning in the context of open education. Unique challenges are presented and discussed alongside possible solutions, realistic limitations, and calls for implementation in the future to test validity.

Author Biographies

Seth Gurell, Brigham Young University
Seth Gurell is a doctoral student in the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. His research interests are open education and open educational resources.
Yu-Chun Kuo, Utah State University
Yu-Chun Kuo is a doctoral student in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. Her research interests include problem-based learning, online interaction, and applications of self-efficacy and self-regulated learning in online settings.
Andrew Walker, Utah State University
Andrew Walker is an assistant professor in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. His research interests include problem-based learning, collaborative information filtering, and teacher professional development among other things.
Published
2010-10-15
How to Cite
Gurell, S., Kuo, Y.-C., & Walker, A. (2010). The pedagogical enhancement of open education: An examination of problem-based learning. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 11(3), 95-105. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v11i3.886
Section
Research Articles