INVOLVING PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING WITHIN TRADITIONAL METHODOLOGY IN UNIVERSITY

C. Varela1, J. Bilbao1, O. García1, C. Rebollar1, E. Bravo1, C. Feniser2

1University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (SPAIN)
2Technical University of Cluj Napoca (ROMANIA)
Nowadays, one of the fields where changes do not have a quick speed is education. Although there are several movements by some teachers, some institutions and even some governments, traditional way is the main methodology from Primary Education to University.
Among different methodologies, technologies, strategies, etc. that have been or are implemented in educational systems, in this paper we will focus on the Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Barrows defined it in 1982 as a learning method based on the principle of using problems as a starting point for the acquisition and integration of new knowledge. It seemed a small step but it has been really a big one. In the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) a big effort has been made in order to promote the change from the traditional to active methodologies.

In the Engineering School of the UPV/EHU our research team has implemented PBL in the Calculus subject of certain degrees. In this sense, we have used active methodologies and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including tools already designed such as Moodle platform for the support of our communication with students, in both senses of teaching and learning. This research has been developed in different groups of students.