The Motivation to Learn Begins with a Problem

In a problem-based learning (PBL) model, students engage complex, challenging problems and collaboratively work toward their resolution. PBL is about students connecting disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems—the motivation to solve a problem becomes the motivation to learn.

PBL Students in classroom


For more than ten years, the Leaders and Fellows of the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE) have encouraged the adoption of student-centered and active classroom pedagogies—and in particular—the use of PBL in the undergraduate classroom. On- and off-campus workshops are held for faculty and students to enhance their understanding of PBL.

Recipient of a Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence

1999 Hesburgh Award The Theodore M. Hesburgh Award was created to acknowledge and reward successful, innovative faculty development programs that enhance undergraduate teaching. ITUE is a recipient of the Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence for its work in implementing problem-based learning in the classroom.

What we offer

Find great problems for your class.

In this peer-reviewed online resource, educators have the opportunity to submit and publish their own problems and articles on problem-based learning.

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PAN-PBL Conference, January15-17, 2014 in Conception, Chile

Every two years, PBL practitioners and researchers gather for a three-day conference at some location in the Americas. Next Jan. 15-17, 2014, the meeting will be hosted by the University del Bio-Bio in Concepcion, Chile. Interested in presenting a poster or session? Consider submitting an abstract before the August deadline. The University of Delaware and ITUE are always represented. The link here will provide full information about the conference: