Instructional design/Characteristics of PBL Problems

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Core characteristics of PBL[edit]

According to the video on the previous page, what do you think are the core characteristics of PBL?


Check the characteristics that you think PBL have

Learner-centered
Teacher-centered
Is carried out in groups
Is carried out individually
Students solve problems through selecting, analyzing and synthesizing information
Students solve problems through simply ask solutions from their teachers


Do you agree that PBL has the following three core characteristics?

  • Learner-centered
  • Students solve problems through selecting, analyzing and synthesizing information
  • Carried out in groups


Features of PBL Problems[edit]

As it is said in the lesson introduction “good problems are essential in PBL”. Think: what features a good PBL problem should have to ensure the above characteristics of PBL? Look at the following inference chain, see if you agree:


PBL problme features.jpg

According to the above diagram, enhance students’ motivation, enhance students’ critical thinking skills, and enhance students’ collaboration are three essential features of problems in PBLs. As for how to generate problems which consist of such features, the next section will give you detailed guidelines and practical tips.


Now please click on third session of this class "3.Generate PBL Problems."