The U.S. Air Force has more than 38,000 Security Forces officers, enlisted and civilian personnel at more than 200 organizations around the globe. The MSU course is being provided under a contract with the Air Force and is designed to prepare persons already proficient in the security forces career field for the role of installation crime prevention and resources protection program manager.
In traditional education students have learned to repeat what their teachers have said in the classroom or lecture halls or what is printed in their textbook (Paul, 1999). They are taught unrelated, often isolated and disparate facts and are then asked to apply that information at some later date. It is difficult for students to learn how to apply that knowledge. In PBL, learning takes place within the structure of solving the given problem and using learning groups to achieve it (Barrows and Tamblyn, 1980). Thus, problem-based learning is seen as an integrated pedagogical approach to teaching critical thinking, rather than a specific teaching activity.
Under PBL the traditional teacher-student relationship is changed dramatically. Increased responsibility is placed on the student for learning. The instructor’s role also changes. The instructor emphasis is placed on providing resources, mentoring and evaluating behavior. The expected outcome is a student who is better prepared to think critically and analytically and to find appropriate learning resources. When coupled with research-based brain-friendly instructional strategies, research shows that a student-focused teaching approach has a high impact factor that influences higher order thinking skills, in the form of deep learning and self-directed learning (Kik & Huijser, 2009, 2011). This critical thinker is someone who possesses higher order thinking skills to analyze effectively and to be an able problem solver.
MINIMUM TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
Participants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to bring a laptop computer/iPad/tablet/etc. for ease in accessing the many resources that will be available online. Participants will also need a microphone and webcam. Recommended browsers and computers supported by MSU's on-line learning management software Desire 2 Learn (D2L) include the following:
Note the following:
- For desktop systems, you must have Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater.
|Browser||Supported Browser Version(s)|
|Internet Explorer||10, 11|
Tablet and Mobile Support
|Device||Operating System||Browser||Supported Browser Version(s)|
|Apple||iOS 6, 7, 8||Safari||Latest|
|Microsoft Surface||Windows 8||Internet Explorer||11|
|Blackberry (mobile only)||Blackberry 7, 10||Blackberry||Latest|