Jigsaw Your Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

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Ready to set your students and teachers up for learning success? In this session, learn how to blend three high effect size instructional strategies.

  • First, jigsaw (d=1.2) to introduce concepts.

  • Second, use a classroom discussion (d=0.82) strategy to assist students gain a deeper conceptual understanding.

  • Third, problem-solving teaching (d=0.67) to achieve transfer learning.

Let's see how the pieces might fit together to scaffold high-impact learning opportunities.

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Hattie Review

An effect size of 0.40 is what Hattie refers to as a hinge-point regarding what is significantly effective or at “a level where the effects of innovation enhance achievement in such a way that we can notice real-world differences” (Hattie, 2009).

It's important to note, when talking about distance learning and jigsaw...

only a few of research "studies collected for any of the meta-analyses were done from afar. In this case, we'll have to take a leap of faith and identify the essential components of a [strategy] and determine how it can be used online."

Adapted from Source: Fisher, Frey, and Hattie (2021). The Distance Learning Playbook

The SOLO Taxonomy

The SOLO Taxonomy has been around since I graduated from eighth grade. In spite of that, I never learned about John Biggs and Kevin Collis’ creation in 1982. It needs little introduction since heavyweights like Peter DeWitt and Pam Hook have spent some time explaining it.

Yet, as I mentioned, it’s important to build one’s own theory of understanding. To do so, I have juxtaposed various explanations. These explanations are organized in a simple table.