Net Talk

Problem-Based Learning

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2010
  • part 1
  • part 2
  • part 3
  • part 4
  • part 5


  • Marielle Beauchemin, APOP


  • Philippe Gagné, Vanier College
  • Marcel Pérez, Vanier College

Following socio-constructivism development, problem-based learning (PBL) has proven its value over the last forty years. More recently, online learning has also demonstrated its relevance largely thanks to PBL.

In this workshop, we will focus on how learning activities, for the most part born in Marcel Pérez’s classroom, have been adapted in an online environment both asynchronously and synchronously by Philippe Gagné.

After defining PBL’s basic concepts, we will show a series of activities for the classroom and Internet. The goal of these activities is to stimulate students’ critical thinking skills, which PBL does better than any other approach, and to intrinsically motivate the student, all while fostering autonomy within the framework of different learning rates.

The workshop’s purpose is not to oppose old and new, but rather to look at how the classroom can be bolstered by these practices and how online activities can be adapted from this approach to capitalize on its strength.

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