from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education [FIPSE]
is designed to support cooperative work between U.S. and European
Community schools. With the grant, Samford faculty will be paired
with Maastricht faculty to develop 16 interdisciplinary PBL problems.
is Dr. David W. Chapman, Samford arts and sciences dean.
topics from the first year include "Forms of Democracy,"
"Ethical Dilemmas" and "Problems of Political Integration."
topics will include "Mass Media and Culture" and "Visual
is an outgrowth of Samfordís work in PBL funded by The Pew Charitable
Trusts. In 1998, Samford received a $1 million grant from Pew to
explore the uses of PBL in undergraduate education. A follow-up
grant of $750,000 in 1999 was awarded to support documentation and
review of teaching using PBL course portfolios.
As part of
the original Pew grant, five Samford faculty visited Maastricht
in 1999, and three Maastricht faculty led a workshop at Samford
later the same year. Wim Gijselaers of Maastricht was a keynote
speaker at an international PBL conference hosted by Samford in
the fall of 2000.