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I'm a third year nursing student in Alberta Canada and I am learning by way of CBL - Context Based Learning. I was wondering if anyone else had heard of it and what they thought?

Amanda smile.gif

it is complete and utter CRAP


prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control.


Don't hold back, seven, tell us how REALLY feel!!

:eek: :p :D :cool:


Specializes in ER, Hospice, CCU, PCU.

I'm an old nurse, I don't even know what CBL is.

repeats self.....

it's crap





Yep, did 4 years of nursing school this way. Honestly, I feel like I was cheated out of an education! (It could be because we were the "guinea pigs" but still... it was very, very bad).

What is it?

Well, CBL stands for Context Based Learning. Insteead of the instructor getting up in front of you and lecturing about pathophysiology, pharmacology, family, nursing management and everything else, each in their separate courses, we put it all together! We will get a certain "scenario" about someone with a disease, and they all have certain family dynamics and the works. A group of students picks apart the scenario and decides what needs to be researched. Then they all split the topics, go research their part, and bring it back to the group. The intructor is now a "facilitator" who just helps us along throught this process. I don't mind CBL for things like family, management, and nursing models, but as far as patho, drugs, and disease is concerned, I would love to have real courses! I walk into the hospital feeling unprepared. The problem with CBL is that you learn to apply the disease to a certain scenario, and it's not as generalized as I feel it should be. But this is just my opinion...

Amanda :)

Hmmm, sounds like crap.

And what did you need the "instructors" for?

CBL........uhmmm....I think I'll ask my school if the curriculum in the nursing courses is CBL.

I actually get alot out of tutoring the other students. There's nothing like being responsible for putting the material together so someone else will learn what you know, but that's study group, and I'm getting most of my materials from the instructor.

Do you have textbooks, or do you have to find a publisher too:D ...............ok, ok, just kidding.

Really, it seems useful to me, but for the entire course?.......I have'nt seen it in action myself, but it seems lazy on the instructors part.:rolleyes: ...............until it comes to grading them. I would think it would be hell to grade:o

Thank you for posting this. I really had no idea that I might want to look out for that.

I hope that you find a way to make it very useful for your own style of learning.


Columbia, MD

feels so gosh darn validated!

hey, adrena, if you don't mind me asking, where did you go to school?

and why is alberta so obsessed with this cbl crap?

(i'm an alberta student too)

i'm thinking about quitting...i've done this once already but returned...i just don't know....


and be warned that it is unlikely that any cbl credit you earn will likely count for zilch anywhere you might want to transfer....

i've learned this through bitter experience.

every other non-cbl school i applied to said 'sorry, back to first year for you'


I went to school in Edmonton.

Don't quit - it's not worth it in the long run. The best advice I can give is milk your clinicals for all you can, do lots of reading on your own and don't be afraid to ask questions when you're done. Honestly, everyone I graduated with is doing fine. Other nurses have said that they don't notice a difference with us at all... in fact, some say that we're stronger than grads from other years. Still doesn't make it easier, I know. :o

Hang in there, you'll do fine. :)

thanks adrena

Yes, it is true. You can't transfer any CBL courses to any other school. In Alberta, the only places you can go that doesn't have CBL is Calgary and Lethbridge...

Amanda :)



What happens when you come across something that wasn't handled in your little group? Do you call a "conference?"

This looks like what you see at CEU conferences etc. when you break up into small groups (also known as....lets the instructors have a potty/coffee/smoke break).

I heard someone talk about this once before on this board. I remember thinking this concept could be useful to a group of people who have experience in the area they are studying. I also thought it would be overwhelming to someone who was totally green.

hoolahan, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health.

Dare I say it? Sorry Brian, I just can't resist it.

If it looks like crap, and smells like crap, guess what, it's crap!

And it won't transfer? That is a real shame.

um, actually, Lethbridge went cbl too...(i know because they announced it the week i looked into thier program as a possible alternative)

as for what do you do about missed content--the answer i get is 'don't worry, it'll all come together...those questions on the final exam about content you didn't cover? oh...well...hmmmmm'

(think i can't write 'hmmmm' on the nclex?)

i wasn't reassured. would you be reassured if that missed content directly related to the care of a loved one?

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