Collaboration and outreach
The UCPBL research group organises and participates in a variety of activities aiming at the dissemination of PBL research, capacity building and academic staff development, and in collaboration with local, regional and international partners.
Since 2008, the UCPBL group has been organising the International Research Symposium on PBL (IRSPBL) in collaboration with international partners and in conjunction with other PBL societies such as Active Learning in Engineering Education (ALE) Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE), Research on Engineering Education Society (REES) and interdisciplinary societies such as PAN-American Society for PBL (PANPBL). Additionally, UCPBL participates in many international conferences and has had a high number of invited keynotes and workshops at conferences all over the world. As well as focusing on specific journals, we focus on especially two types of conferences: 1) the engineering education conferences such as International Research Symposia on PBL in Engineering and Science, European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and 2) Education for Sustainable Development such as the European Roundtable of Sustainable and Cleaner Production (ERSCP) and the Engineering Education for Sustainable development (EESD) conferences. Additionally, the research group has a range of international staff development programmes – ranging from a Master in Problem-based Learning in Engineering & Science (MPBL), to institutional targeted excellence and certification programmes and visitor workshops. Furthermore, UCPBL is engaged in outreach activities as the regional network for STEM education as well as regional and international conferences in STEM education.
Internally, at the TECH and ENG faculties at AAU, PBL research is disseminated through PhD training, pedagogical courses in collaboration with AAU Learning Lab, development projects as well as ad-hoc consultancy. Finally, the PBL research creates the platform for students to develop their PBL competences in the various educational programmes at TECH and ENG.
Figure 13. Overview of UCPBL international network, regarding project consortiums and articles co-authorships (Source: UCPBL VBN)