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Problem-based learning 2023055ZB is a Course

Problem-based learning 2023055ZB

Aug 1, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

$590 Enrol

Full course description

Date and Time

Tuesday 1 August 2023, 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Tuesday 5 September 2023, 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Delivery mode

A blend of face to face and online - for the online components a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event.


Curriculum Leader, Primary Teacher, Secondary Teacher


Problem Based Learning (PBL) teaches students to develop critical thinking skills such as the ability to hypothesise, synthesise, analyse, evaluate, and generalise information rather than simply recall it. Higher order thinking skills are seldom taught but should be included as part of any curriculum.

During this workshop you will learn the theory and benefits of problem-based learning and why it is a great method to use to teach our students. You will be given some practical examples of PBL and have the opportunity to work through some PBL problems in small groups. This will allow you to understand the types of questions/hurdles the students will encounter. You will have the opportunity to explore ways in which you can adapt and apply PBL in your own classroom and trial some ideas before reconvening.

Come along to this two-part workshop to learn how to incorporate PBL into your classroom.

‘I would recommend this professional development to teachers who would like to discuss strategies and mechanisms to improve student learning and success. The presenter was clear in her explanation.’

-  Previous participant

Key takeaways

  • a framework in which to implement PBL in your classroom

  • understanding of how to design effective real-life problems

  • ideas on how to implement PBL in your classroom with sample problems

  • appreciation of the benefits to students of learning using PBL

  • understanding of how your role as a teacher changes when students are using problem-based learning.


Presenter information

Caroline Cotton

Caroline is a passionate and experienced Biology and Chemistry educator. She enjoys working with teachers and students of Biology, regularly mentoring new teachers on a formal and informal basis. She has held a range of leadership positions in schools’ and has written junior science and senior Biology textbooks. Caroline is the founder of BioBrain, an interactive STEM learning platform for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Science teachers and their students. BioBrain helps students master the Science subjects in a fun and interactive way. Caroline loves developing engaging content for students by breaking down complex concepts into easily digestible bite-sized chunks.