Online Problem-based Learning for Health Sciences Students:
A Digital Case on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


McMaster University has long been internationally known for its problem-based learning approach in health science education. Sheridan College has a strong international reputation for excellence in digital visualization and design. The City of Hamilton, Community Support Services Department, Public Health Research Education and Development Program has been a leader in the development of educational initiatives to support learning about public health practice issues.

With financial support from HRDC, Office of Learning Technologies, faculty and staff from the three institutions developed a digital case related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as well as created various learning objects to support the problem based learning case. The researchers studied perceptions and experiences of health sciences students who collaborated in an online PBL class over 6 weeks to learn about FASD. We hope that this web site will provide a basic overview of our project.