Editor’s Note: The Frequently Asked Questions page was updated in the Spring of 2015 with more information about CBL.
One of the attributes of the renewed curriculum is a change from Problem-Based Learning to Case-Based Learning (CBL). Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about CBL.
Case Based Learning Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Case Based Learning, and how will it benefit our students?
Case-based learning (CBL) is a longitudinal learning experience used to facilitate the development of clinical reasoning and decision making in students. A CBL learning session integrates foundational science concepts with the clinical curriculum, providing the students with a structured environment in which to develop their cognitive skills. As the program continues, the cases increase in complexity, allowing students the opportunity to critically think about the information presented each week and identify the key points in each case.
2. How will the role of a CBL tutor differ from that of a PBL tutor?
The role of a tutor does not fundamentally change in the renewed curriculum. Tutors will continue to facilitate and monitor inter-group dynamics, while keeping the students on track to cover the learning objectives for the cases in each tutorial session.
3. Who is eligible to tutor in the renewed curriculum? Do I need to be a content expert to continue to be a tutor?
Tutors are not required to be primary sources of informational content for the students; therefore tutors do not have to be content experts or medical doctors. Tutors will be provided with supporting resources, including explicit guiding questions and answers for the sessions, and pre-determined marking rubrics for any assessments that will occur in the sessions.
4. What will my role be in CBL assessment?
In the renewed curriculum, Workplace Based Assessments (WBAs) will be the primary modality to assess student performance in CBL sessions. Tutors will be provided with standardized forms and marking guides to use in their assessment of students. The results from these assessments will be used to measure students’ progress towards meeting course objectives and program competencies.
5. Will my commitment in the renewed program be similar to my commitment right now?
In the renewed curriculum, the number of tutor hours is expected to remain about the same. CBL tutorials will take place three times a week in the Year 1 courses and two times a week in the Year 2 courses. Each of these tutorial sessions will be two hours in duration. Each course will be divided into 3 sections; two 5-week sections and one 4-week section for a total of 14 weeks. Tutors will have the opportunity to apply to facilitate one of these 3 sections for each course in Years 1 and 2. Tutors may apply to multiple CBL blocks within one course.