Students as partners work on real-life problems – thinking global, acting local
Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) is a pedagogical approach that actively engages students in a situation that is real, relevant and related to their environment (Tecnologico de Monterrey 2015). It takes places through the identification, analysis and design of a solution to a sociotechnical problem. The learning experience is typically multidisciplinary, involves different stakeholder perspectives, and aims to find a collaboratively developed solution, which is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. (Kohn Rådberg et al. 2020, p 22)
The Challenge Based Learning Framework is divided into three interconnected phases:
Engage (in which the Learners move from an abstract big idea to a concrete and actionable challenge),
Investigate (in which Learners conduct research to create a foundation for actionable and sustainable solutions) and
Act (in which evidence-based solutions are developed and implemented with an authentic audience and the results evaluated).
Each phase includes activities that prepare students to move to the next phase. Within each of the phases there are opportunities for mini-investigation cycles and if necessary a return to an earlier phase. Supporting the entire process is an ongoing process of documentation, reflection and sharing.
Mixed student teams are the core of CBL. Whenever possible student teams are made up of students from various backgrounds, levels and study programs. They work together with researcher, entrepreneurs or municipalities to find solutions to current challenges. In CBL teachers are explicitly referred to as learners. Teachers role is to be a guide and facilitator for the students to support with knowledge and practical advice about:
own research topic
leadership and cooperation
recruiting sponsors and communication of results.
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