Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a dynamic educational methodology that places students at the forefront of their learning experience. Rooted in the presentation of real-world problems, PBL invites students to grapple with complex, authentic challenges that transcend traditional classroom content. These problems serve as catalysts for inquiry, prompting students to actively seek information, collaborate in small groups, and apply critical thinking skills. The instructor, acting as a facilitator, guides the process without dictating solutions, fostering an environment where students take ownership of their learning journey.

At the heart of PBL is the emphasis on collaborative learning and the development of practical skills. Small group dynamics encourage students to engage in meaningful discourse, share diverse perspectives, and collectively brainstorm solutions. Through extensive research, analysis, and reflection, students not only deepen their understanding of the subject matter but also cultivate essential skills such as problem-solving, communication, and self-directed learning. The PBL approach empowers learners to navigate uncertainties, fostering a sense of curiosity, and preparing them for the multifaceted challenges they may encounter in their academic and professional journeys.

PBL Workshops at ITUE

For more than twenty-five years, the Leaders and Fellows of the Institute for Transforming University Education (ITUE) have encouraged the adoption of student-centered and active classroom pedagogies—and in particular—the use of PBL in the classroom. On- and off-campus workshops are held for faculty and teachers to enhance their understanding of PBL. ITUE is also proud to host the PBL Clearinghouse, a repository of classroom problems in a wide variety of disciplines.

Following the success of our January workshop, we are excited to announce our upcoming summer workshop scheduled for June 3-7, 2024. This event will be conducted in a virtual format, providing participants with the flexibility to engage with our content from the comfort of their own locations. We look forward to building on the positive outcomes of our previous workshop and creating another enriching learning experience for all participants.