Get Real! Using Problem-based Learning to Engage Adult Learners

Problem-based learning is an active teaching/learning strategy in which students are presented with a problem to solve over an extended period of time. Learning is guided by faculty as a facilitator of learning. Problem-based learning has been shown to be effective in a variety of teaching/learning settings and modalities, and is appropriate to use at all levels of the curriculum in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In this presentation, problem-based learning as a teaching/learning strategy or curricular model will be described, the theoretical foundations of this strategy will be explored, and examples of problem-based learning projects will be discussed.