Using staged teaching and assessment approaches to facilitate inter-university collaboration and problem-based learning

Henry Dawson, Gayle Davis, Kirstin Ross, Marie Vaganay, Alastair Tomlinson

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This article describes the segmented module design and problem-based learning approaches employed to enable parts of a higher education environmental health module (course) to be shared between universities in Wales, Northern Ireland, and Australia. The module requires students to identify the needs and assets of a community then design community-based interventions to address problems and undertake an evaluation of those interventions.Accreditation body and the degree program learning outcome requirements in the UK and Australia were found to hold many comparable knowledge, skills, and graduate attribute criteria, eliminating a potential barrier for international learning and teaching collaboration between higher education institutions. Instead, barriers to collaboration were associated with institutional issues and practicalities such as timetabling and assessment requirements. Taking a segmented approach to module design allowed staged and varied levels of collaboration between participating institutions, all delivering modules (courses) with similar learning outcomes. This provided a more sustainable environment to facilitate shared learning and teaching and fostered closer relations between programs, within these constraining factors.Students using problem-based learning and its group-working component exhibited the development of leadership, communication, and independent learning skills.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1334729
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in public health
Early online date11 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished online - 11 Mar 2024

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  • public health
  • higher education
  • problem-based learning
  • environmental health
  • collaboration
  • scalable


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