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Creating and using industry-based problem-based learning challenges in photonics: lessons learned
Author(s): Judith Donnelly; Michele Dischino; Fenna Hanes; Nicholas Massa

Paper Abstract

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an educational approach whereby students learn course content by actively and collaboratively solving real-world problems presented in a context similar to that in which the learning is to be applied. Project PHOTON PBL, in collaboration with photonics industry and research university partners, created eight interdisciplinary multi-media Challenges to be used in high school and community college math, science and technology courses. Each Challenge was recorded on location and features the scientists, engineers and technicians who originally solved the problem engaged in authentic problem solving. In this paper we describe the evolution of the development of the Challenges and we provide instructions on creating a Challenge and using it in the classroom to enhance student learning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 966611 (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2208042
Show Author Affiliations
Judith Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States)
Michele Dischino, Central Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
Fenna Hanes, New England Board of Higher Education (United States)
Nicholas Massa, Springfield Technical Community College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9666:
11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
K. Alan Shore, Editor(s)

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