Problem based learning: tutors’ views 5 years after implementation at a sub-Saharan University
Background: Curriculum evaluation is key to continuous assurance of quality of education.
Objectives: To assess the teachers’ perceptions on how well student teaching and learning activities were conducted at an institution that had practiced PBL for five years.
Methods: A cross sectional descriptive study. 150 teachers from 23 departments at the College of Health Sciences participated in the study. A 25 item self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data. Activities evaluated included; students assessment, self-directed learning, feedback and clinical exposure. Data were entered in epi data and analysed using SPSS. Ethical approval was obtained.
Results: The participants’ average teaching experience was eight years. The PBL/COBES approach mostly achieved the aim of producing self-directed and lifelong learners. Half of the teaching staff actively provided regular feedback about the learning and teaching activities they were involved in. Early clinical exposure was widely accepted as a highly rewarding appropriate teaching and learning strategy. COBES activities were well organized although involvement of College staff was low.
Conclusion: PBL/COBES program was successfully executed and had high acceptance among Faculty. The biggest challenge was getting all staff to provide regular feedback. Self institutional curriculum review can be done cheaply and quickly to provide feedback for continual curriculum improvement.
Key words: Problem Based Learning, Evaluation, Curriculum, University
While African Health Sciences has been freely accessible online there have been questions on whether it is Open Access or not. We wish to clearly state that indeed African Health Sciences is Open Access. There are key issues regarding Open Access needing clarification for avoidance of doubt:
- 1. Henceforth, papers in African Health Sciences will be published under the CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution License) 4.0 International. See details on https://creativecomons.org/)
- 2. The copyright owners or the authors grant the 3rd party (perpetually and in advance) the right to disseminate, reproduce, or use the research papers in part or in full, format/medium as long as:
- No substantive errors are introduced in the process
- Attribution of authorship and correct citation details are given
- The referencing details are not changed.
Should the papers be reproduced in part, this must be clearly stated.
- 3. The papers will be freely and universally accessible online in an easily readable format such as XML in at least one widely recognized open access repository such as PUBMED CENTRAL.
B. ABRIDGED LICENCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN AUTHORS AND African Health Sciences
I submitted my manuscript to African Health Sciences and would like to affirm that:
1.0 I am authorized by my co-authors to enter into these arrangements.
2.0 I guarantee, on behalf of self and co-authors:
- That the paper is original, and has not been published in any other peer-reviewed journal; nor is it under consideration by other journal (s). It does not infringe existing copyright or any other person’s rights
- That we are/I am the sole author(s) of the paper and with authority to enter into this agreement. My granting rights to African Health Sciences is not in breach of any other obligation
- That the paper contains nothing unlawful, or libelous. Nor anything that would constitute a breach of contract, confidence or commitment given to secrecy, if published
- That I/we have taken care to ensure the integrity of the article.