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This paper begins with a brief review of the history of problem-based learning (PBL) integrated with online learning, and surveys relevant learning theory, including constructivism and cognitivism. Recent case-study research on a postgraduate diploma module in learning and teaching for faculty and lecturers in higher education is then provided to illustrate the key issues for both faculty and students in this evolving area. Emerging trends in combining PBL and online learning are outlined, along with potential opportunity to continue to research the topic in a different light. The paper concludes with an overview of the research area, aspects of which have been confirmed as strengths, and others that have been highlighted for change.
Donnelly, R. (2007). Online Problem-based Learning Approach in Higher Education. In L. Tomei (Ed.), Online and Distance Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2007.