Improving generic problem-solving skills of students through mixed-mode instruction using active learning in small teams

Importance of advancing student “employability skills” throughout their education has been increasingly recognized by students, teachers, and university instructors. Development of these essential skills is hindered by the lack of widely available assessment tools and shortage of detailed descriptions of effective instructional strategies. In this workshop, first, data will be presented showing improvement of the generic problem-solving skills of students taking a course delivered using mixed-mode instruction including problem-based learning (PBL) among other active learning strategies. Subsequently, PBL process in small groups will be demonstrated, including the online environments used for the pandemic-forced transition to fully online tutor-less PBL. The participants will also be able to test their skills by answering a set of problem-solving and critical-thinking questions. The generic problem-solving tests described in this workshop are available to all interested educators.

Target Audience

Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • UBC Okanagan Campus
    Andis Klegeris

    Andis Klegeris obtained a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford, UK, and completed his post-doctoral training at the University of British Columbia. Currently he is Professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Biology of the UBC Okanagan Campus. His research is focused on signaling mechanisms between the different types of brain cells as well as the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Klegeris is also involved in undergraduate teaching; he studies the effects that alternative instructional techniques, such as problem-based learning, have on the problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities of undergraduate students.