Problem-based learning builds knowledge through practice


Problem-based learning encourages acquiring and applying new skills when working to solve a real life problem. Working on a real problem is practical and rewarding. It enables the learners to apply different learning strategies as well as to evaluate suitable information sources.

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  • When designing a training, think about the problems your trainees will face in their work, and use them as a blueprint for your design
  • When studying a language, practice asking or giving directions to the station, or in mathematics compare different mortgage prices to find the cheapest
  • In an online course, ask for solutions for a real life problem, and have the students evaluate each others answers
  • Before reading a book or participating on a course, think about real life situations, in which what you learn could help you

A problem that requires applying the skills you want to master or teach to others can be of great help for achieving your learning goals. Working together with your team to solve a problem can be very motivating and enforce skills for collaboration.

What kind of problem solving would help you to develop your knowledge in a topic you want to develop in?

What problem you can identify that is both useful to solve and requires improving the skills you want your team to practice