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Problem-based learning is a Course

Problem-based learning

Aug 25 - Sep 7, 2021

$200 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 25 August 2021, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are looking for a new strategy to implement in your classroom that really engages students and results in deep understanding of the content.


Problem Based Learning (PBL) teaches students to develop critcal thinking skills such as the ability to hypothesise, synthesize, 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 session 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.

Come along to this session 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

This learning event supports creating best practice toward the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes                   

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 Cotton is a passionate educational consultant working with teachers and students of VCE Biology. Having taught VCE Biology for over 10 years in the classroom, Caroline started her own company, Cotton Educational Consulting which delivers professional development to teachers and revision lectures to students. Caroline also mentors new teachers. She is an author on a current VCE Biology textbook as well as other Australian Biology textbooks. More recently Caroline has developed the Biobrain learning apps for students to learn and revise VCE Biology, Chemistry & Physics  anytime, anywhere.