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Problem-based learning is a Course

Problem-based learning

Started Mar 30, 2020

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Full course description

Date and time

Tuesday 31 March 2020, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm 


INTERACTIVE WEBINAR - link sent after enrolment


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


Problem Based Learning (PBL) teaches students to develop 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.

Be involved in this session to learn how to incorporate PBL into your teaching and learning practice.

“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 
  • understanding of how to design effective real-life problems.
  • ideas on how to implement PBL 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 learning app, Biobrain for students to learn and revise VCE Biology anytime, anywhere.