Creative thinking

Problem-Based Learning vs. Project-Based Learning

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Both problem-based learning and project-based learning are types of experiential learning. Problem-based learning involves critical thinking to examine problems that lack a well-defined answer. In project-based learning, students are challenged to develop a plan and create a product or artifact that addresses the problem. This article delves further into the differences and similarities between these two types of experiential learning.

What is Deep Learning?

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Deep learning includes critical and creative thinking. Deep learning requires that students connect their learning to their prior knowledge, examine assumptions, analyze arguments and evidence, and organize content for applying knowledge (Atherton, 2013). Deep learning is the opposite of surface learning which usually involves rote memorization without connecting concepts and facts. 

“Remixing” Teaching Plagiarism in the Digital Age

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Convincing students that academic writing and research is significant to their lives is not always easy. Further, in a highly digital world with increasingly digitized libraries, journals, newspapers, and other research sources, traditional book-based research may seem outdated and irrelevant to them. While this may be disappointing for many instructors, it is important to understand how students, especially millennials, might see scholarship in the context of the digital age. To understand this context, let’s look at an example: the remix.