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Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Engineering Education in Sri Lanka: A Moodle Based Approach

  • Anuradha PeramunugamageEmail author
  • Hakim A. UsoofEmail author
  • W. Priyan S. DiasEmail author
  • Rangika U. HalwaturaEmail author
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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1134)

Abstract

This paper describes how a Moodle-based PBL educational model was integrated into the first year of a Bachelor of Engineering course in Civil Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. To determine the perceptions of students regarding a PBL application prepared in a Moodle environment, a survey questionnaire was prepared. Students’ submission rates and students’ discussions were monitored through Moodle log records. Learner’s feedback on PBL activities, experience in Moodle, perspective on group discussion and its effectiveness were collected through the structured questionnaire and group interviews. Designing an online PBL environment in Moodle helps to popularize the Learning Management System (LMS) among teachers and students engaged in engineering and it will contribute an online PBL model to develop Moodle Web and Moodle Mobile support for PBL.

Keywords

Engineering education Problem-Based Learning Web-based learning 

Notes

Acknowledgment

This study was conducted at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. We would like to express our gratitude to all the lecturers, non-academic staff and the students who were involved in the study. We express our special thanks and appreciation to Mr. Sanjaya Sooriyaarachchi, Mr. Shashi N. Amarasinghe, Mr. Waruna Adikariarachchi, Mr. Oshada Akalanka and all CIT studio staff at the University for recording the lectures and uploading to Moodle.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Colombo School of ComputingColomboSri Lanka
  2. 2.University of MoratuwaMoratuwaSri Lanka

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