Field-testing PBL Approach Seeking Web-based Distance Education Applications

Daniel Perez, Daniela Kiyoko Yokaichiya, Eduardo Galembeck


Problem  Based Learning (PBL)  approach  has been worldwide used in medical education  and it is also been implemented in other  fields such as science, technology and mathematics education.  PBL is also a collaborative learning approach  such as the small group study  techniques  that has been widely used in the biochemistry classes at Universidade  Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp).This  study  aims  to design  and  to  field-test  a PBL  approach  on Free  Radicals  to  be used  in a distance  education  course.   We developed  a problem  and  field-tested  it  in two regular  biochemistry courses:  BB280 (Biochemistry to Biology) and  BB591 (Biochemistry to Engineering).   The  students were organized in groups from 8 to 10 components.  The results collected from each group during their meetings and from the evaluation sheets were used to understand if the problem was well designed and if it could be successfully used in a face-to-face course, before being adapted to a Web-based  distance course.The  results  suggested  that the  tested  problem  could  be  used  to  reach  the  desired  skills on  a Free Radicals  class at  undergraduate level.  The evaluation also suggests that the learning  issues are reachable  and  that the  problem  designed  is simple,  objective,  and  strongly stimulating, both  in the tutorial group discussion and in the individually  self-directed  study.Since the  problem  can be used to reach  the  learning  issues in a face-to-face  situation, it will be them  adapted to a distance  education  course on Nutritional Biochemistry.


Seeking Web-based, Based Learning.

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