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Problem-based learning 2022106F is a Course

Problem-based learning 2022106F

Jul 21, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022

$550 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Day 1 - Thursday 21 July 2022, 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Day 1 - Wednesday 14 September 2022, 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


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 critical 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 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

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

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes                                                       
  • The minimum standards for schools offering a senior secondary course – 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 Educational Consulting 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 learning app, Biobrain for students to learn and revise VCE Biology anytime, anywhere.