The software suite CHALLENGE
can be regarded as a pre-cursor to PBL-Interactive. CHALLENGE
FRAP (Form for Recording the Analysis of Problems) originated
from the supposition that a CHALLENGE scenario data file could be
used as an assessable electronic document both guiding and record
student activity as they worked to solve a problem.
As the students work through a real investigation using CHALLENGE
FRAP, they can add nodes in the FRAP file. These nodes can represent
locations, activities or objects. The placement of these nodes relative
to one another presents a visual record of their investigation.
The content of these nodes can be filled in with their findings
and reflections pertinent to its title. Tutors can add date-stamped
feedback to each of these observations.
During the problem-solving exercise. FRAP documents can be emailed
between students (hence supporting teamwork), and between tutors
and students for feedback and amending.
The image below shows a FRAP document prepared by a student when
working through a plant diagnostic problem.
Tutors can elect to provide a FRAP Template form to get students
started. This may have a pre-existing collection of activities (i.e.
nodes) to guide the student during the exercise along with explanatory
text. Students could expand on the activities or delete those they
did not use, replacing the pre-existing text with their own.
This eCDF project enhanced CHALLENGE FRAP by adding more generic
icons, improving the interface and providing a guide on how it can
be used. The resulting version, FRAP 2.0, is freeware.
Along with being bundled with the project deliverables, it can also
be downloaded from the CHALLENGE
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final report on this deliverable.