Group work and problem based learning


Stella Collins, Stellar Learning Last Published  28 April 2015

This tool provides guidance on how to get the most out of group work and problem based learning.

Group work is any kind of cooperative learning where people work together to reach their learning outcomes.

Problem based learning is a specific way for adult learners to identify their own learning needs in relation to specific challenges and to learn by researching and creating their own solutions. Working in groups, people identify what they already know, what they need to know, and how and where to access new information that may lead to resolution of the problem.

Using this tool you will understand why group work is engaging and find guidance, exercises and activities to enable you to engage your participants in practical activities.

Who this tool is for:
This tool is a guide for less experienced trainers and training designers to effectively work with groups and to design and deliver problem based learning activities.

This tool will:
  • Provide guidelines for working with groups
  • Guide you through the problem based learning process
  • Suggest exercises for each stage in the process.

Unit: Enhancing Participant Engagement in the Learning Process (5PEL)

This tool maps to the following learning outcomes:
  • Outline the neuroscience most pertinent to learner engagement.
  • Provide examples of learning and development practice underpinned by psychology and neuroscience.