Problem-based learning : a teaching method to enhance learning experience for students in service-learning

W.C. Tam, C.K. Lau, Grace Ngai, W.W. Yuen, A.T.S. Chan, Qin Lu, S.C.F. Chan

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic research


This paper compares and contrasts lecture-based learning (LBL) and problem-based learning (PBL) as a teaching method for international service-learning projects. We use surveys and interviews in the context of a robotics workshop in Myanmar, organized as an international service project, to uncover uncertainties and limitations associated with LBL. Our results suggest that LBL is not a suitable teaching method for service-learning settings, while PBL is more feasible and effective. We elaborate on the teaching process and implementation, and describe benefits on students’ learning outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Service-Learning, Nov 20-21, 2014, Hong Kong
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event1st International Conference on Service-Learning [ICSL] - , Hong Kong
Duration: 20 Nov 201421 Nov 2014


Conference1st International Conference on Service-Learning [ICSL]
Country/TerritoryHong Kong


  • International service-learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Robotics


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