Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered approach in which students learn about a subject by working in groups to solve an open-ended problem. As a result, students learn both thinking strategies and and content knowledge.

Why Would I Use PBL?
PBL helps provide students with the opportunity to develop skills related to: Working in teams, managing projects and holding leadership roles, oral and written communication, self-awareness and evaluation of group processes, working independently and many others.
When Can I Use PBL?
PBL can be used to engage students to work in groups to solve open-ended problems. Working in groups, students identify what they already know, what they need to know, and how and where to access the new information they need to solve the problem.
Additional Information

Krista Hoffmann-Longtin

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis