Research based learning and teaching


Participants will develop and plan their own course, or work with material provided. (Suggestion: Bring your own problems!)

… and a colleague or two because PBL is time demanding AND effective as a learning method. It is best realised with one or two colleagues in a joint seminar.

The workshop will provide a practical and engaging introduction to this research based learning and teaching. It focuses on the established method of problem-based learning (PBL). Problem-based learning is an instructional strategy in which students work cooperatively to investigate and resolve an ill-structured problem based on real-world issues or situations. It works best in small to medium sized classes. Students develop their skills in working in groups, individualised problem-solving and peer-to-peer teaching. They further key skills of their discipline, and practice their abilities in project management, teamwork, and communication.


The steps involved in problem-based learning include:

  1. determining what the problem is;
  2. creating a specific statement of the problem;
  3. identifying the information needed;
  4. identifying the resources to be used to find that information;
  5. developing a possible solution;
  6. analysing and refining the solution;
  7. presenting the final solution, orally and/or in writing.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to …

  • give an overview about the goals, characteristics and phases of PBL;
  • define a “good” problem and construct or refine real life problems: finding research questions;
  • include the understanding of group dynamics and roles in their planning;
  • design and scaffold the processes in the PBL scenario;
  • include matching and engaging forms of formative and summative feedback of student learning;
  • integrate communication, team and leadership skills as an outcome of PBL;
  • develop their own scenario and give peer feedback to fellow teachers.



  • Research based learning and teaching: the basics.
  • Problem- based learning – teaching – and assessing
  • Group dynamics and roles
  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills


Depending on time and the participants‘ demand:

  • real life problems for real clients or user groups: Service Learning
  • classroom ecologies: how learning spaces support different pedagogies (designing PBL learning environments)


Your facilitator: Dr. Anke Köhler

Date and time: Friday, January 24th, 2020

Room: SB II, 05-432

Max. number of participants: 12


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