The Purpose of This Site

Purpose of this Site

What is PBL?

Why PBL?


PBL in the classroom

Group Dynamics

Individual Roles

Role of instructor

How to do PBL

Example Problems


Schools using PBL

PBL at Stanford

PBL Organizations

Ways to learn PBL

Problem-based Learning (PBL) has become popular because of its apparent benefits to student learning. Students engage in authentic experiences which require them to have and access all three forms of knowledge. PBL's are inherently social and collaborative in methodology and teach students essential "soft skills" as well as domain specific content and skills.

Through PBL, students learn:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-directed learning skills
  • Ability to find and use appropriate resources
  • Critical thinking
  • Measurable knowledge base
  • Performance ability
  • Social and ethical skills
  • Self-sufficient and self-motivated
  • Facility with computer
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Communication skills
  • Proactive thinking
  • Congruence with workplace skills

From Samford Problem Based Learning Initiative

This site was constructed for educators because there is still much to be learned about this relatively new form of pedagogy. Innovations and new discoveries about both its benefits and challenges are emerging.

The following questions are important to our investigation:

1. What is PBL?

2. What are the different types of PBL?

3. Who conducted the major studies on PBL? What was the context of the research? What does the research show?

4. What methodologies help in developing PBL curriculum?

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