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

PBL@UD

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: http://ubiobio.cl/pbl2014/?lng=en