By David Newble, Robert Cannon

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First, acquaint yourself with some of the literature on this topic (Part V: Student Assessment and Program Evaluation in The Challenge of Problem Based Learning by Boud and Feletti is a good start). Second, contact schools in your discipline using PBL to see what their current assessment strategies are and learn from their experiences. TUTORING A task which you are likely to have to perform in a PBL course is that of tutor. Your role will generally be that of facilitator rather than expert, a role you may initially find rather difficult.

Trying to get them to develop (say) group skills or skills of understanding or communication may be seen as a waste of time. Again, HELPING STUDENTS LEARN 13 there needs to be a congruent match between your objectives, the way you arrange teaching and learning and the assessment. For further information and help with specific study-skill counselling, we suggest you look through the vast collection of guides and manuals that are now available. These guides include valuable resources on writing and communication, matters that are of widespread interest to teachers and students alike.

If you aim to have students understand the subject, then you must introduce forms of assessment that require them to demonstrate their understanding. This may mean the reintroduction of essays, the use of research projects, self- and peer-assessment and so on. Modifying teaching approaches Evidence is amassing that there is a relationship between a teacher's approach to teaching and the quality of student-learning outcomes. Research and thinking about teaching over nearly 30 years shows that teachers hold different 'theories' of teaching and learning which influence their approach to teaching.

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