Implementation of PBL


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the project is to support participants in developing competences to change educational practices to PBL, including evaluation of such change processes and their educational outcomes. Another aim is to support participants in achieving knowledge about theories of educational change management and quality assurance systems, in preparation for semester 4.

Learning objectives


  • Specify strategies for PBL implementation


  • Carry out at least one educational experiment, where PBL is reframing educational practice
  • Evaluate at least one educational experiment by use of a mixed method approach including both quantitative and qualitative methods


  • Assess drivers and barriers for further institutionalisation of the implemented PBL change.
  • Assess the contribution that the experiences from the PBL implementation can bring to other engineering education communities

Type of instruction

In this problem based project the participants will implement and evaluate an educational change in an institution of higher education, introducing elements of PBL. The implementation should include arguing for the choice of PBL elements. To the extent possible, the PBL activity to be implemented in the 3rd semester should be the PBL activity designed and planned during semester 2, thus securing the continuity and progress in the MPBL study.

Participants may choose to focus on a single case study or include several case studies, in order to compare how implementation of similar PBL activities turns out in different contexts.

The results of the project work should be documented in a project report, which should identify and document stages in the implementation process, including evaluation procedures and methods. The project should preferably be carried out in teams of 2-4 participants and the project work processes should be documented in a process analysis, jointly written by the project team members.

The teaching format is a group project, including self-study, online group work, project facilitation and thematic online sessions. In this semester, the thematic sessions focus on how to fulfil the intended learning outcomes for the project and on evaluation methods.



Name of examImplementation of PBL
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The project assessment takes its point of departure in the written project report and the accompanying process analysis. Questions may be asked to all elements of the project, product as well as process. In the assessment both the content and the communicative aspects of the written work will be considered.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleImplementering af PBL
Module codeTBIPBLM19301
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Problem Based Learning in Engineering and Science
Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design