Problem-Based Learning (PBL) at IMSA
Problem-based learning is a student-centered, inquiry-based instructional approach utilizing a real-world, ill-defined (messy) problem to both introduce and explore specific content. PBL institutes are designed for educators of all disciplines and introduce participants to an instructional technique that is designed to engage their students in deep, meaningful learning. PBL is rooted in real-world experiences, therefore, we highlight the how-to for designing and successfully implementing original PBL units unique to your classroom.
For a customized, school-wide plan, please reach out to our team to learn more!
Summer Professional Learning Experience
Immerse yourself in a three-day, hands-on learning experience in person at IMSA. You will have the opportunity to learn all the fundamentals of PBL and then apply that understanding to your own unique lesson plan, maximizing your implementation of Problem-Based teaching.
Date: June 20 – 22, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm | CPDUs: 18 credits
- Day 1: Fundamentals – Define the technique, recognize important characteristics, and identify problems they can use to teach specific classroom content.
- Day 2: Details in Design – Explores design elements involved in creating a unique Problem-Based Learning unit for the classroom then apply the design elements to create your own PBL unit.
- Day 3: Applications in the Classroom – Focuses on techniques to prepare the teacher and their students for the successful implementation of a Problem-Based Learning unit.
Online, Asynchronous Learning Experiences
The online format of PBL makes allows you to learn at your own pace, anywhere.
Our PBL specialist will be available to support your progress and answer questions. Each session will provide approximately three hours of content and assignments, depending on the participants’ pace. Upon completion, you will receive 3 CPDU credits. Participants have one month to complete a session.
Problem-Based Learning Course 1: Fundamentals
REGISTER: APRIL | MAY | JUNE
This course is designed to be an autonomous learning experience. First, we introduce the learner to the fundamentals of the Problem-Based Learning technique. Learners then work to define the technique, identify important characteristics and explore the student experience of the process. Lastly, learners identify problems they can use to teach specific classroom content. Instructor feedback is provided throughout the course.
Problem-Based Learning Course 2: Details in Design
REGISTER: APRIL | MAY | JUNE
This course is the second in the PBL course series and is designed to be an autonomous learning experience. In this course, learners explore design elements involved in creating Problem-Based Learning for the K-12 classroom. Through exploration of example units, learners learn to apply the design elements to create their own PBL unit unique to their classroom. Instructor feedback is provided throughout the course.
Suggested Prerequisite: PBL 1: Fundamentals
Problem-Based Learning Course 3: Applications in the Classroom
The third in our online PBL series, this course focuses on techniques to prepare the teacher and their students for the successful implementation of a Problem-Based Learning unit. Topics such as inquiry-based learning, problem-solving, and building collaboration, as well as assessments, are explored. Instructor feedback is provided throughout the course.
Suggested Prerequisite: PBL 2: Details in Design