MUM WORKSHOP AGENDA Using Cooperative Learning Techniques To Explore Problem Based Learning Strategies

Workshop 1- Pair Interviews- Introductions

Participants work in pairs first to interview their partner. The focus of our interviews will be the teaching
philosophy/methodology used by participants. This is followed by two pairs introducing their partners in a
group of 4. This represents a form of cognitive rehearsal prior to introducing their partners to the whole group,
which is the final portion of this activity. This approach may be adapted to any question of interest to the
instructor and may also be content driven.

What are your teaching techniques and philosophy?
What do you do in class?
Do you use projects as part of your courses either with individual students or groups?

Workshop 2- Pair Reading-Explaining

Start with pairs reading/explaining the attached articles and finish with a writing assignment to be completed by
pairs. Participants alternate explaining each paragraph in their own words to their partner who listens and if they
agree they move on to the next paragraph. If they cannot agree on the interpretation of a paragraph they may then
ask for clarification from the facilitator or another pair. At the conclusion of the pair reading exercise individual
participants may be called upon to summarize their conclusions

Writing assignment question:
How might PBL be applied to the mission and philosophy of MUM?

Workshop 3- Jig-Saw

We will start with groups of 4 people who become the base group. Each member will be assigned a
packet of materials which contain samples of PBL in different courses. The members will then form
new groups with people from other groups who have the same packets. Their charge is to become
experts in their course, develop a strategy to "teach" or explain their course to their base group,
and then return to their base groups share their information.

History 41C Europe in the Twentieth Century-
Psychology and Social Behavior Introduction to Human Behavior-
Social Sciences 10C, Economics 10C Introduction to Statistics-
Environmental Analysis and Design E3 Human Environments-

Workshop 4- Round Robin Brainstorming

Individually, participants list as many topics or concepts as they can think of where PBL might be used in their courses. They then work in groups of 4 to generate a list of all the possible ideas suggested by each group member. Go around the table and have each person volunteer one suggestion at a time until all the participantís lists are exhausted. We would then do an abbreviated round-robin with the hole group using the time remaining

Workshop five- Curriculum Development by Groups

Teams of 4 would work together to assist each member with writing an outline or details for a PBL activity for a course. Each team member will pick one idea from their list from workshop 4 and all the members assist in making suggestions about how to implement the idea. People may also chose a topic or idea from other members suggestions from workshop 4.