Stenden South Africa uses Problem Based Learning (PBL) in its courses. In Problem Based Learning, learning is thought to be the process of actively acquiring and processing information that changes the behaviour of the student in a relatively irrevocable way. This acquired knowledge, being of a cognitive nature, may also be of an affective or psychomotor nature.
We have chosen to use Problem Based Learning and CBL (Case based learning) in our courses as this approach supports our view on learning and requires an active study attitude on the part of the students. Our primary motive for choosing Problem Based Learning is the fact that the individual student is responsible for what and how he/she learns. An educational system that compels students to study actively is generally more motivating than a system that does not encourage active study.
PBL changes a student’s attitude towards studying that may lead to a life long increase in self-study and personal responsibility. During PBL sessions, students learn that their current knowledge is often not sufficient to address the problems confronting them. Through the PBL process, students learn the problem-solving process that will allow them to tackle problems in future (professional) situations.