PBL Classic:
Introduction to Problem-Based Learning

Offered in conjunction with the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)

When and where
May 22-24, 2018 on the University of Delaware campus, Newark, Delaware, USA.

Sessions begin at 8 a.m. on May 22 and end at noon on May 24.

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Who should attend
This face-to-face institute is for current and future educators interested in learning more about problem-based learning. We welcome graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, new and experienced faculty, instructional support staff at colleges and universities, and teachers at all grade levels. Registration priority will be given to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new faculty from institutions in the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) network.

There is a $200 registration fee for non-CIRTL and non-UD participants, payable by check or money order on the first day of the Institute. We will waive the registration fee for graduate students. Conference materials, continental breakfasts, and a first-day reception are included in the fee.

PBL Classic program (PDF file)

PBL Classic program (PDF file)

PBL Classic introduces participants to inquiry-based approaches centered around problem-based learning. We demonstrate strategies, practice skills, and identify resources to transform classrooms from lecture-based, teacher-centered spaces into student-centered, inquiry-based environments. Participants in our institute identify the best practices and challenges of implementing PBL and discover sources of PBL curriculum materials to use in their current and future courses. Although primarily focused on problem-based learning, we incorporate other pedagogies into a flexible toolkit with which participants can design and lead student-centered investigations. The specific activities and outcomes of this institute directly align with many important CIRTL goals, particularly those that focus on the power of learning in the context of a learning community, and on aligning learning goals and assessments with evidence-based practices. Participants will leave the institute having written a new teachable PBL unit based on a particular set of concepts of interest, or creatively adapted an existing case or problem, with accompanying implementation plan.

The institute is offered as a collaboration between the University of Delaware’s CIRTL chapter and its Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education, and the NSF-sponsored Science Case Network at Emory University.

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