Project or Problem based learning – or PBL as we call it – is based on research in the cognitive sciences on ‘How we learn’. It is one of the big success stories in education in the last decades. The simple revolutionary idea that problems should come before answers drives PBL. Beginning with a problem puts the student in the driver’s seat. He can then use his previous knowledge and newer ideas to try for a solution. In the process he develops an inventory of what he knows and what he needs to know to get to a solution. Once this is set, the learner cordially starts questioning the instructor or classmates, plundering the library or surfing the net to get the answers. In a nutshell, PBL is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge. PBL improves learning, along with saving time of both students and teachers.
PBL Experiments in VESIT
To test impact of PBL, student groups of TEIT class in even semester of the academing year 2014-15 were given a common mini project for three subjects viz. Software Engineering, Distributed System and Advance Internet Technology. A survey among the students was done in same regard.