Musings on completing a PBL MOOC about PBL (problem-based learning)

Early December I completed the MOOC ‘Problem-Based Learning: Principles and Design’ organised by Maastricht University: a course where participants “learn about PBL by doing PBL”. It’s the first of many attempted MOOCs that I actually finish.

This blog post is a summary of musings and reflections following this experience. It talks about problem-based learning (PBL) as well as the PBL MOOC and MOOCs in general.

Here goes…

Learning design (or ‘instructional design’ if you prefer) is a weak point in MOOCs. They are often organized by universities and therefore stuck in the sector’s ‘content + discussion + assignment’ model. I had in fact hoped that a PBL MOOC on PBL would turn this upside down – that’s what PBL usually does. But the typical university approach prevailed.

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