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Problem-based learning in photonics technology education
Author(s): Nicholas M. Massa; Michele Dischino; Judith Donnelly; Fenna Hanes
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Paper Abstract

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach in which students learn by actively and collaboratively solving authentic problems encountered in real-world situations. Research demonstrates that PBL improves students' learning and retention, motivation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and their ability to skillfully apply knowledge in new and novel situations - skills deemed critical for lifelong learning. In this paper, we present the Photon PBL project, a three-year National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) project aimed at developing, in partnership with photonics industry and university partners, a comprehensive series of multimedia PBL instructional materials and training for photonics technology educators from across the US and abroad. Results from first-year pilot testing of multimedia PBL instructional materials, problem development and implementation strategies are detailed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7061, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI, 70610S (11 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.797135
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas M. Massa, Springfield Technical Community College (United States)
Michele Dischino, Central Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
Judith Donnelly, Three Rivers Community College (United States)
Fenna Hanes, New England Board of Higher Education (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7061:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory; James D. Moore; David H. Krevor, Editor(s)

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