WesternU E-Learning

Online Training for Faculty and Staff

Topic Summary

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem found in trigger material.  The PBL tutorial process involves working in small groups of learners. Each student takes on a role within the group that may be formal or informal and the role often alternates.  The PBL process was developed for medical education and has since been broadened in applications for other programs of learning.


Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the role of an instructor within a PBL course.
  • Differentiate how PBL differs from traditional teaching and learning philosophy.
  • Compose an example of problem-based learning.