PBL: Six Basic Steps to Success

By Mamie Handy

What is Problem-based learning (PBL)?

Problem-based Learning is identified as an approach to the curriculum and a teaching method. The problems are designed to challenge students to use problem solving techniques, self-directed learning strategies, team participation skills, and disciplinary knowledge (Case-based teaching, 2016). There are six basic steps that can be used to design, implement, and assess Problem-based learning.


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