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New materials for Problem-Based Learning

July 20, 2016

The Problem-Based Learning for College Physics website added 10 new practical problems. Originally designed by Nathaniel Lasry, a physics teacher at John Abbott College, this website offers CEGEP teachers high-quality problem-based learning (PBL) activities that have been tested in Québec CEGEP classrooms.

Several authors have contributed to the website since it was first launched in fall 2008. Olivier Tardif-Paradis, Mathieu Riopel and Alexandre April, physics teachers at Cégep Garneau, are the authors of the 10 new problems. The website now offers 34 activities covering different basic concepts from the three physics courses in the Science program: Mechanics (16), Electricity and Magnetism (9) and Waves, Optics and Modern Physics (9).

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a pedagogical approach that uses meaningful, lifelike situations that students can learn from. In PBL, students do not try to solve highly structured, cookbook-style problems. Rather, the problems are designed to enable students to enquire and work collectively to construct understanding.

All new problems

Mechanics – Dynamics
Electric Circuits
Magnetic Field
Electromagnetic Induction
Oscillations and Mechanical Waves
Geometric Optics
Wave Nature of Light
Modern Physics