Problem based learning (PBL) pedagogy aims to provide context-rich academic situations where students can work together and demonstrate authentic application of knowledge. This 2-year project, funded by the National Research Foundation of Cyprus, aimed to address a recurrent problem in higher education related to the implementation of PBL pedagogy — that students are often disengaged from active collaboration, fertile discussion, physical interaction around emerging group artifacts and reflection. The success of PBL implementation depends on both the selection of learning activities and development of appropriate infrastructure that is, learning spaces in which the activities can take place. Yet, the technologies often comprising the PBL learning space in the university classroom (e.g., projector, laptops, vertical smartboard) and the way they are being used by instructors and learners, seem to hinder the successful implementation of PBL. Overall, the project presented a practical framework for the construction of creative, multi-modal information spaces ideal for the implementation of PBL in university classrooms.
Funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (DESMI 2009-2010) and the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), under the “Bilateral Cooperation” between Cyprus and Slovenia (ΔΙΑΚΡΑΤΙΚΕΣ/ΚΥ-ΣΛΟ/0411).