Students Perceptions: Integrating Problem-based Learning, Web-based Tools and Action Project Learning

W. Yip (PRC)


Web-based tools for education, Problem-based Learning,Action Project Learning


This paper presents a learning and teaching strategy that integrates the approaches of problem-based learning (PBL), Web-based tools and action project learning (APL) for teaching about the development of information systems. Problem-Based Learning has been popular as a teaching and learning strategy that uses problem cases as stimulus for problem solving and learning. The various PBL processes are able to develop the generic skills of graduates. PBL is even more effective when these processes are supported by Web-based tools, including problem analysis, brainstorming, project planning, information searching and collaborative learning facilities among others. An action project learning strategy uses real-life projects, which provide the opportunity for students to relate theory to practice through hands-on experience. The PBL strategy with Web-based support was introduced first, to help students to develop generic skills and to become more active learners. APL was then applied to enable the students to relate what they had learnt to providing a total solution to an application problem. Questionnaire surveys were conducted on PBL, Web-based support and APL. This paper reports the findings of the students' perceptions on four categories of learning outcomes, namely, the development of generic skills, effective learning, teamwork and a comparison with the teacher-centred approach. The findings indicated that students like Web-based support for PBL. They enjoyed the integration of PBL and APL, and it seems clear that APL can motivate students to perform better. Some implications and problems for the use of PBL and APL are also discussed.

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