Face to face higher education (HE) environments traditionally use didactic methods thus several of PBL implementations in HE institutions (HEIs) either use heavy scaffolding or are a hybrid of constructivist and didactical approaches , -. This work demonstrates the potential of the Social Web in realising a constructivist PBL similar to McMaster approach  despite the lack of resources and work practices common to HEIs. We show how students behaved in an online environment by capturing their usage statistics and analysing the data collected via polls and interviews. It was found that the overall engagement with the course material and tasks was improved by the use of social software. Not only that, the tool used helped students construct their answers gradually from partial to near complete by the end of term. Results from this pilot are compared with results from previous year's students. Here we find that the overall achievement of the cohort that used social web tools was greater than in the cohort where collaboration was marred by lack of physical resources.
|Keywords:||Problem Based Learning, McMaster Approach, Social Web, Collaborative, Constructivist, Sharing, Web 2.0, Resource Constrained|
Senior Lecturer, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
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