Covenant University to Adopt Problem Based Learning
Problem Based Learning (PBL) has been identified as one of the significant innovations as concerns teaching for productivity, development and speedy achievement of Covenant University’s Vision of becoming one of the leading universities in the world by the year 2022.
This was the consensus by participants, at the end of a one-day workshop aimed at improving the teaching quality and learning outcome at Covenant University last Friday. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Elewechi Okike, the CEO of the UK based Academy for Excellence in Education (AFEXED).
The workshop, which examined current developments demanding a change in teaching and learning strategies in Higher Educational Institutions, was attended by faculty members from the four Colleges in the University and the Centre for Learning Resources, CLR – the University Library.
Dr. Okike referred to Problem Based Learning as a platform through which students turned out to be producers or contributors to knowledge rather than being consumers only. According to her, it also engages learners throughout their programmes of study and equip them to be confident thinkers, among others.
The facilitator explained that students should be equipped with the core skills required in the 21st Century graduates, which include communication skill, ability to work in a team, ability to work under pressure, problem solving skills, independence/self-motivation, time management and leadership skills, among others.
To implement the PBL, Dr. Okike enumerated five different stages including problem definition, problem analysis, research question/hypotheses, research and synthesis. She noted that some world-class universities like University of Harvard, Stanford University, University of Maastricht, Samford University and University of Delaware had adopted the system.
At the break out session of the workshop, participants deliberated extensively on ways for practical applications of PBL, which resulted to a general consensus that the platform should be adopted in the University.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, stated that the Problem Based Learning was a way of improving efficiency of the students to comprehend well. He appreciated the participants for being a part of the learning paradigm that had just been showcased in the University.