As IT certification testing gets more complex, the concept of learning by problem solving becomes more beneficial for candidates — it encourages them to think through concepts instead of just memorizing facts and phrases. This will aid them in both their certification efforts and career advancement.
Here’s how it works: Instead of being presented with a lecture or straightforward reading or writing assignment, learners are presented with a problematic situation that can be entirely theoretical or rooted in some experience. (In fact, it’s often a combination of the two.)
Typically, there are several options that participants can take, which are correct or incorrect in varying degrees, but they have to choose one path based on what they already know and the facts presented in the scenario.
In problem-based learning, students’ activity is greatly intensified, and if there are any instructors, their involvement is heavily reduced.
Often, students will work in teams, arguing points and counterpoints and working together to devise a satisfactory solution. For instructors, the main task becomes to present the problem clearly at the outset and then offer occasional guidance or clarification as needed.
The advantages of learning this way include:
- Independence: Although it frequently involves group work, problem-based learning encourages participants to evaluate circumstances and express their options based on their own conclusions, not on what someone else tells them to think.
- Teamwork: It might seem contradictory that this method would encourage both…
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