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With PBL, do all the group members read the same information from the same textbooks? Does your group define exactly what you should read during the sessions?

Is each individual given an assignment to report back to the group with? Do you then have to teach a concept to other people in your group?

What if you don't understand a mechanism? Since your PBL facilitator can't have a Phd in every basic science, where do you go for help?
 

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With PBL, do all the group members read the same information from the same textbooks? Does your group define exactly what you should read during the sessions?

Is each individual given an assignment to report back to the group with? Do you then have to teach a concept to other people in your group?

What if you don't understand a mechanism? Since your PBL facilitator can't have a Phd in every basic science, where do you go for help?

I have no idea, but if you don't get a great response here you might want to jump into a thread attached to a school that does PBL and see what they say.

Welcome to the class of ________ 2013!!! Good luck.
 

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With PBL, do all the group members read the same information from the same textbooks?

Not necessarily. While tests are usually based on required textbooks, you are encoraged to do supplemental reading in order to better grasp the material. You often use online sources, review books or videos-- whatever it takes.

Does your group define exactly what you should read during the sessions?

Some groups do. It's generally a pretty good idea, but you may want to read from other sources too. Since you usually don't have sessions every day, you often communicate amongst yourselves by email. When a member finds a particularly good article in another text or online, for instance, they may give you a heads up on it before the next session.

Is each individual given an assignment to report back to the group with?

Not usually. But....I have had this done by some facilitators to help get a group back on track when they are a little lost.

Do you then have to teach a concept to other people in your group?

That's a rare occurence. Yet, when you have expertise a particular subject, that will happen. It's really up to the group to decide how they want things run.

What if you don't understand a mechanism? Since your PBL facilitator can't have a Phd in every basic science, where do you go for help?

You still have 50 or more professors there with office hours who are more than willing to see you if you need it. That's what they are there for outside of PBL hours. But, it's rare that one of your PBL members of classmates can't help you. You really should sit in on a session to see. It makes it a lot more easy to understand.

Keep in mind that some schools run PBL slightly differently, so my information may not apply everywhere.
 
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