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"Problem-Based Learning in Natural Resource Management"


L Lobry de Bruyn
Design Team
  Team: Lisa Lobry de Bruyn


  Focus: Problem-Based Learning
  Discipline: Science and Geography
  Target: Undergraduate (late) or Postgraduate
  ICT used: Web plus LMS (Learning Management System)
  Scope: Entire subject

Designer's Summary


Students are given three structured tasks to solve about a given situation. Each task is conducted over a four-week period. The situation is tailored to the curriculum over the same period. Support is offered in the form of class discussion, Bulletin Board discussion and teacher-provided resources (both online and hard copy). The students are expected to conduct independent research and generate their own resources in order to solve the given situation.

Comment from the Project Team...

This exemplar was highly rated by the evaluators in this project. For example, the evaluators concluded:

"PBL in Natural Resource Management is a really interesting LD, which would be appropriately challenging and engaging for learners. We have enjoyed reviewing this LD. It is a good source of ideas for developers of other LDs; and there is certainly a need for more models of online problem-based learning like this one."

As such, this learning design has been redeveloped in a more generic form.

Rationale for Inclusion


This exemplar has been selected for inclusion for the following reasons:

  • The learning design is based on problem-based learning where learners engage in group-based tasks, reflective components and are provided with support during the problem-solving process.
  • The evaluators of this exemplar concluded that this exemplar represents an effective online problem-based learning model that can be applied in other contexts.

This learning design has been redeveloped in the form of a generic Guideline. Access to the Guideline is provided by the "Crosslinks" below or by selecting the "Guides" section of this site.

Please Cite As:

  Lobry de Bruyn, L. (2002). Description of Problem Based Learning in Natural Resource Management. Retrieved , from Learning Designs Web site:
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