Problem-based Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Can Project Groups Save the Day?

Christian Ravn Haslam, Aalborg University, Sabine Madsen, Jeppe Agger Nielsen, Aalborg University, Aalborg University
2021 Communications of the Association for Information Systems  
In this paper, we describe how a Danish problem-based learning university adapted to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Our findings reveal that digital problem-based learning mitigated some negative consequences that appeared with the lockdown and resulting shift to 100 percent online teaching. While students prefer the traditional face-to-face teaching mode due to the energy, variation, and socialization associated with on-campus learning, we
more » ... erved that students who have worked in project groups had a more positive experience with online learning, which indicates belonging to a project group can increase students' motivation to participate in online teaching activities. Our findings challenge the idea that problem-based learning revolves around face-to-face interaction on campus. We highlight lessons that we learned when we rapidly shifted to online distance teaching.
doi:10.17705/1cais.04821 fatcat:zbx4jr2nundv7iic6x6pb4rhiq