Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Alternative Resources for Problem-based Learning

Alternative Resources for Problem-based Learning


Thursday 19th June 2008

University of Central Lancashire, Preston

This one-day conference will explore recent developments in web-based resources in order to enhance the provision of PBL for students and their facilitators.

Enquiries & Booking Details:

Liz Kelly

Faculty of Health BDU

University of Central Lancashire



Telephone 01772 893809

Fax 01772 892995


This conference will be held at the University of Central Lancashire. It will be based around recent developments in relation to web-based resources to support problem-based learning. The successful Students Online in Nursing Integrated Curricula (SONIC) website (which has been extended) and the Virtual Community Website have come together to demonstrate new, and innovative, resources. These resources will influence students in the future by supporting them in what they learn and how they learn.

The websites address fundamental issues in learning and teaching, including:

v Learning is becoming more student-centred, but how can students' new independence be supported by richer, more interactive learning materials?

v How can we encourage students to appreciate and engage with care providers, other than traditional care givers?

The SONIC website addresses the first of these questions by using a variety of resources, such as animations and/or videos within scenarios to support a problem-based learning approach. The Virtual Voluntary Sector website addresses the second question by creating an online resource for students to identify and enhance their understanding of non-traditional care provision and how this will enrich their learning.

The conference programme consists of three keynote speakers and participants to the conference will also be able to view and discuss the resources and observe how these can support students.

By the end of the conference, the participant will have:

1) Been made aware of the successful outcomes of web-based projects.

2) Observed the use of the resources which have been developed.

3) Discussed how the resources may be used in a variety of curricula.

4) Determined the use of the resources in supporting national agendas such as Widening Participation and Personal Development Planning.

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