The e-Learning Collaborative Development Fund (eCDF), which runs
from 2004 to 2007, aims to build the e-learning capability of the
tertiary education system thereby improving performance and assisting
New Zealand to meet current and future economic, social and environmental
challenges. This project assists with that goal by embedding the
mechanisms by which dynamic, interesting problem or case-based scenarios
can be delivered to distance students.
Objectives of this particular project were:
- To develop and provide Government-owned NZ Tertiary Institutions
(Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Wananga)
with a customised version of PBL-Interactive,
a web-based (server side) player and authoring tool for delivering
problem-based scenarios across the Internet.
- To develop at least 15 problem-based scenarios in a variety
of subject domains for use as exemplars, to illustrate how the
paradigm and software might be used.
- To further develop and provide Government-owned NZ Tertiary
Institutions with CHALLENGE FRAP,
an electronic reporting program and guide for problem-based learning.
- To develop training material in the use of PBL-Interactive,
CHALLENGE FRAP and scenario-based learning generally.
As a result of this project, there is an enhanced capacity by the
Tertiary Education Sector to develop and implement case-based or
problem-based learning scenarios and to deliver practical application
learning experiences by distance. With skilled use of the tools,
student achievement (and assessment of) of concept mastery and problem-solving
skills should be enhanced and capacity to carry out research on
learning behaviour and processes should be improved.