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Improving problem solving skills in tutorless Problem Based Learning classes

Many academics are intrigued by the idea of Problem Based Learning (PBL) and are impressed by the many positive outcomes that have been reported. They also, however, express concerns that this style of teaching requires high staff levels to be effective. This is not necessarily so, according the research undertaken by Dr Andis Klegeris from the University of British Columbia.

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What does Cirque du Soleil have to do with teaching and learning?

Have you ever seen a standing ovation for a keynote speaker at a conference on teaching and learning?

This was the reaction of an audience of 500-plus academics to a presentation by the Vice-President of Casting and Performance of Cirque du Soleil at the recent International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference in Quebec City.

The choice of Bernard Petoit as a plenary speaker for a conference theme of “Nurturing Creativity and Passion in Teaching and Learning” was inspired. Not only was the presentation a visual feast but his experience in managing diverse teams to create the performances was fascinating and there are many lessons to be learnt if we wish to foster creativity in our own students.

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