Publication Details

Title: Facilitating problem-based learning by means of collaborative argument visualization software
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: December 2015
Published In: Teaching Philosophy
Description: © 2015 Teaching Philosophy. All rights reserved.There is evidence that problem-based learning (PBL) is an effective approach to teach team and problem-solving skills, but also to acquire content knowledge. However, there is hardly any literature about using PBL in philosophy classes. One problem is that PBL is resource intensive because a facilitator is needed for each group of students to support learning efforts and monitor group dynamics. In order to establish more PBL classes, the question is whether PBL can be provided without the need for facilitators. We present a combination of five strategies-among them the collaborative argument visualization software AGORA-net-to replace facilitators. Additionally, we present evidence that these strategies are sufficient to provide a PBL experience that achieves intended learning goals in an ethics class and is satisfying for students without facilitators.
Ivan Allen College Contributors:
Citation: Teaching Philosophy. 38. Issue 4. 371 - 398. ISSN 0145-5788. DOI 10.5840/teachphil2015112039.
Related Departments:
  • School of Public Policy