CDTJ22022 | General, Educational Technologies
CDTL Lunchtime Sharing Session
For NUS Staff
Credit Hours: 1.00
Fee: Free
No Available Class

Based on one of the definitions of Problem-based Learning (PBL), it is a pedagogical system using realistic problems as a starting point of self-directed, small-group-based learning guided by a tutor, who acts as a process guide rather than a point of knowledge transfer (Barrows & Tamblyn, 1980). Conceived and implemented more than five decades ago, it has been deemed one of the most innovative pedagogies and continues to be adopted and spread throughout the world, enhancing students’ competency and readiness for real-life challenges (Moallem, Hung, & Dabbagh, 2019). Over the years, a number of PBL models were designed and adopted in various institutions. However, depending on how PBL is understood and implemented, there are challenges in adopting PBL and the following are some common ones shared by Hung (2011): 

  • Resource intensive due to small group size

  • Heavy workload for academic teachers

  • Students maintaining superficial and minimum work to appear active in the learning process 

  • Managing dysfunctional group interaction


In this one-hour interactive session, the presenter will share the basic fundamental principles of PBL, address some of common issues/challenges encountered when implementing PBL both in physical and online learning environments. 

Brief biodata of presenter

Lars Uhlin has been engaged in educational development in different HE settings nationally in Sweden and internationally for many years. He has a background in Nursing and Health Care Education and has been working with adopting and developing Problem-based learning (PBL) since the 80s. Some of Lars’ main focus areas have been professional development and educational design building on problem based-, interprofessional- and online learning. 

Collaboration and networking has been a core in his work; running a national/nordic network for PBL and being a member of several other networks for educational development and IT in HE. He was one of the founders of the Open Networked learning (ONL) course and community in 2013, where the foundations of PBL is being adopted in an online setting. He has recently retired from his position as Educational Developer at Linköping University, but continues to be engaged in some projects, networks and further development of ONL.