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Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) versus Traditional Learning Framework

Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) differs from traditional learning frameworks in several key ways. Here are some of the key differences:

Traditional Learning
Student-Centered vs. Teacher-Centered
The focus is on the student as an active learner and problem-solver. Students take a central role in identifying challenges, investigating them, and proposing solutions. Follows a teacher-centered approach, where the teacher imparts knowledge to students, and students are expected to absorb and reproduce that knowledge.
Authentic Challenges vs. Predefined Curriculum
Engages students in addressing authentic, real-world challenges that are meaningful and relevant to their lives or communities. This approach allows for interdisciplinary learning and encourages students to apply their knowledge and skills in practical ways. Learning frameworks typically follow a predefined curriculum that may not always connect to real-life situations.
Collaboration vs. Individual Work
Promotes collaboration and teamwork among students. They work together in teams to investigate challenges, share ideas, and develop solutions. Traditional learning: Learning frameworks often emphasize individual work, with students working independently on assignments and assessments.
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving vs. Knowledge Acquisition
CBL emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. Students are encouraged to analyze information, consider multiple perspectives, and propose innovative solutions. Prioritize the acquisition of knowledge and focus on rote memorization and regurgitation of facts.
Active Learning vs. Passive Learning
Fosters active learning, where students actively engage in the learning process through hands-on activities, research, experimentation, and reflection. They are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and drive their investigations. Often involves passive learning, where students primarily listen to lectures, read textbooks, and complete assignments without much active engagement.
Reflection and Application vs. Assessment-driven Approach
Incorporates reflection as an integral part of the learning process. Students reflect on their progress, evaluate their strategies, and make adjustments based on their learning experiences. Traditional learning: Tend to focus more on assessments and grades as the primary measure of learning.

While Glarea uses a Challenge-Based Learning framework, it is important to note that CBL does not replace traditional learning frameworks entirely but can complement and enhance them by providing opportunities for deeper engagement, critical thinking, and real-world application of knowledge and skills.