Instructional design/Spotting PBL

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Welcome to Spotting PBL


You must be diving into this experience because you are interested in learning more about problem-based learning(PBL). Perhaps you are new to PBL or maybe you are just not really clear on what designates something as problem-based. To even begin to be able define well-formed problems, you have to know what is and what is not problem-based learning. So, do you know? What IS problem-based learning? By the end of this experience, you should be able to judge and share one example of PBL curricula that includes all three essential features of PBL: authentic problems, problem-solving, and tutorial groups.


This lesson should take you no more than 30 minutes to complete.

Learning Goal

The learning goal is that you will be able to define well formed problems for curricula that you identify as PBL. In the end, the result will be greater student engagement in the problem and teacher perception that PBL "works".

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the three essential features of PBL in your own words.
  • Identify the specific features of PBL that are used in real world examples.
  • Identify examples of PBL with 90% accuracy as determined by multiple-select questions.
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