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Previous webinar: PBL history & diversity

Previous webinar: PBL history & diversity

In September of 2014 the Aalborg Centre organized and hosted its first webinar sessions under the theme “PBL History and Diversity”. This initiative aims to strength and to develop the Aalborg Centre global network for Problem Based, Project Organized Learning (PBL) and enclosed a total of ten sessions with more than twenty registered participants. 


In 1960s and 1970s, a hand full of higher education institutions implemented a new and innovate learning approach - Problem Based Learning (PBL). PBL aims to develop a more student centred, close to practice and meaningful learning. For 40 years, PBL did not only survive but it has also grown and evolved due to research, development and implementation in several higher education institutions across the world, resulting in different models and practices. Nevertheless, the different PBL models relate with each other through basic principles around which the learning process is organised. Problem based, team based, self-directed and contextual learning are examples of these principles.  This first series of webinars starts with PBL history by presenting its origins and philosophy, followed by seven examples of models PBL developed and practiced around the world.

The different PBL models presented comprehend a common structured given by the following outline: 

  1. Curriculum organisation (e.g. project organised, lecture based, case based);
  2. Type of problems and learning objectives;
  3. Assessment and progression;
  4. Motivation and involvement from students, academic staff and management.

The eight webinars have the following goals:

  • Understand some of PBL origins and philosophy;
  • Understand different PBL models and practices;
  • Relate the models presented with PBL origins, philosophy and learning principles/ dimensions.


The following outlines the webinar’s programme where by clicking in the given title you will open the page to access the webinars’ abstract and video.



Title: Introduction to PBL and Change Strategies

By Prof Anette Kolmos, Aalborg University, Denmark

Date: 25th September, 2014


Title: History of PBL

By Ms. Virginie Servant, Erasmus University, Netherlands & Promethea Education

Date: 24th October, 2014


Title: PBL models and professional practices: Aalborg and Maastricht Universities as examples

By Prof Erik de Graaff, Aalborg University, Denmark

Date: 18th November, 2014


Title: PBL in Medical Education: The McMaster experience

By Dr David Kwan, Shantou University & McMaster University, China & Canada

Date: 17th December, 2014


Title: PBL @ Republic Polytechnic: Creating Authentic and Active Learning Experiences

By Dr Yasser Mattar, Republic Polytechnic Singapore, Singapore

Date: 12th January, 2015


Title: Supporting students learning for PBL

By Prof Khairiyah Yusof, UTM, Malaysia

Date: 17th February, 2015


Title: 10YPBL - Ten years of PBL in one degree of industrial engineering and management at the University of Minho

By Dr Rui Lima, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Date: 18th March, 2015


Title: From Learning to responsible Learning with PBL

By Dr Lamjed Bettaieb, École Supérieure Privée d’Ingénieurie et de Technologies (ESPRIT), Tunisia

Date: 16th April (re-schedule for 27th May), 2015


Title: Mondragon University experience using PBL and competency-based curriculum in engineering education

By Dr Nestor Arana Arexolaleiba, Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Spain

Date: 20th May, 2015


Title: Iron Range Engineering Project Based Learning Model

By Ronald Ulseth and Bart Johnson, Iron Range Engineering Programme and Itasca Community College

Date: 24th June, 2015



Aalborg Centre expresses its gratitude to all presenters, who prepared and presented in this webinar sessions making it possible. Aalborg Centre also expresses its gratitude to all registered participants which engagement and active participation contributed to rich discussions and reflections. The list of participants can be seen here.


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