Problem Based Learning (PBL) in the Medical Sciences For almost four decades, problem-based learning (PBL) has been the stated cornerstone of learning in many medical schools. Proponents of PBL cite the open nature of the learning experience where students are free to study in depth, unencumbered by the burdens of broad courses based on the memorization of facts; detractors, on the other hand, cite the lack of breadth and factual knowledge required for professional qualification. Both points of view have merit. Professional schools have a different set of needs and requirements, and it is these that drive the curriculum and learning philosophies From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on January 14, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..
CHALLENGES OF TEACHING PHYSIOLOGY IN A PBL SCHOOL A problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum was introduced at McMaster University more than three decades ago. Not many schools have adopted the system despite its distinct advantages. The present paper examines the challenges of teaching physiology in a PBL curriculum and gleans through the literature supporting PBL. It appears that one of the reasons why PBL is not becoming readily acceptable is the lack of concrete reports evaluating the curricular outcomes. The suggestion (R. E. Thomas. Med. Educ. 31: 320-329, 1997) to standardize and internationalize all components of validated PBL curricul From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on January 14, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..
Cash Flow Simulation Cash Flow simulation provides an understanding of the main principles surrounding the issue of cash as it applies to British accounting. The module illustrates positive, stable, and negative cash flows through clever animations. Finally, users are given the opportunity to manage the cash flow of a company for a year by playing the PotArts Ltd. game. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on January 14, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..
Item Response Theory Models For Unfolding The Item Response Theory Models For Unfolding site provides a good introduction to the item response theory (IRT) for unfolding models including links to reference publications, illustrative data, and a link to download a free Windows-based program, GGUM2004, that estimates parameters in the generalized graded unfolding model. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on January 14, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..
Sitio dos Miudos Portuguese site with educational games for Kids. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on January 14, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..
International Union of Physiological Sciences 2005 Teaching Workshop Report Fifty-six physiologists from fourteen countries participated in the sixth International Union of Physiological Sciences Teaching Workshop. The four-day program included a poster session, a debate on integrative versus disciplinary curricula, and interactive lectures on evidence-based education, inquiry laboratories, and student preparation for physiology courses. Participants worked in small groups and the report discusses the following four topics: developing free web-based laboratory resources, information technology, curriculum planning and design, and other issues in classroom teaching. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on January 14, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..
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