Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-10-23

Kristi L. Arndt has been named director of problem-based learning (PBL) at Samford University.

She will establish and coordinate a center for national peer reviews of PBL course portfolios, and will facilitate the further spread of PBL and other instructional improvement at Samford.

Dr. Arndt previously worked in veterinary medical education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was most recently coordinator of instructional Faculty Development at Mississippi State University's college of Veterinary Medicine.

She holds a doctor of veterinary medicine, master of education and doctor of philosophy degree in educational organization and leadership from UIUC.

During the past two years, Samford received grants totaling $1,750,000 from The Pew Charitable Trusts for the purpose of developing and enhancing its PBL initiative. In PBL, students dig out information which helps them find the best solution to given problems. PBL courses shift the emphasis from "teaching" to "learning."