Teaching Development Grants
Completed TDG Projects

Diverse Learning Experience

Development of an Online Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Environment


The TDG project aimed to investigate the effectiveness of online PBL learning environment to undergraduate students of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. A PBL group of year 3 students was randomly selected and online PBL was carried out using the ADOBE CONNECT, which is a web conferencing platform available at the Faculty of Education. A questionnaire was administered to the participating students to assess the outcomes of the project.

Students unanimously agreed that online PBL is beneficial to their learning and time management. They all enjoyed the class meeting time, and they reported that the use of online PBL environment saved plenty of their travel time to and from school. The new learning environment did not reduce their interest in learning, and did not distract them from PBL learning. A more quantitative comparison is being carried out to assess their academic performance with the non-participating students

Principal Investigator

Dr. M. Ng, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of EducationContact

Project level

University-level project

Project Completion

November 2011


Results of the TDG project presented at an international conference “The Third International Conference on Problem Based Learning in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology” in Hong Kong held in December 2011. Download