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Deakin Optometry extends the concept of problem-based learning (PBL) to deliver case-based learning modules as the predominant teaching method in the second and third year of the course. Case-based learning (CBL) requires students to work in small groups to solve ‘real life’ optometry problems creatively as each case contains complexities within the clinical, psycho-social, ethical and commercial domains. In attempting to 'resolve' the case with the guidance of a tutor, students will combine private study, supporting sessions delivered through various media including live and online lectures, workshops and practical classes, and group study.
In addition to CBL you will engage in team-based learning (TBL) activities throughout the second and third year of the course. TBL is a cutting-edge group learning technique that is now being integrated into medical curricula around the world. It encourages you to be more accountable for your own learning, enhances problem-solving skills, promotes team work and creates a high level of student engagement. TBL typically consists of three phases. In Phase 1 you will be exposed to intended learning outcomes and undertake pre-class preparation by participating in CBL modules, lectures and workshops in addition to group and private study. In Phase 2, you will complete a multiple choice test to demonstrate readiness to apply the knowledge acquired in Phase 1, and participate in class discussions which clarify concepts, consolidate learning and accelerate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In Phase 3, you will work in teams to solve problems that require the application of the materials assessed in Phase 2.