MWAIS 2021 Proceedings


While group projects are a common teaching technique, they are widely disliked by students. This study explores whether Project-Based Learning (PBL) improves students’ perceptions of the group project in a Management Information Systems (MIS) principles course. Although past project scores were high, students made negative comments in the course evaluations about the project. In response, new approaches were investigated, including PBL. PBL encourages students to learn by solving an authentic and engaging problem. After incorporating PBL into the project, the number of positive references to the project doubled in the course evaluations. Likewise, the number of negative references to the project dropped to zero. These findings were concurrent with the literature that showed student satisfaction increases with PBL, particularly in STEM. The implication is PBL is effective for increasing student satisfaction with group projects.