Answer to "Is it possible to have only one PBL module in a curriculum?"

This question is linked to the previous one. Technically, it is possible (and happens) but this was not the original intention of PBL. PBL was envisaged as a whole curriculum approach, not a teaching method. A single module of PBL might be appropriate as a pilot prior to the adoption of a whole curriculum approach. This pilot module might serve as an orientation to PBL for the learners and faculty and assists in the identification of potential issues prior to PBL implementation.



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