Problem-based learning

How to get your students to solve real-world problems

Problem-solving has always been an important academic competence. There are different approaches to teaching this competence. One very promising approach is called problem-based learning (PBL). It creates an environment in the classroom where students are asked to solve real-world problems in a very open way, mostly in groups and in a fairly structured manner. Several ETH faculty members will present their way of implementing PBL in their courses.

Zoom Meeting room: https://ethz.zoom.us/j/577441230
Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 , 12:15-13:15

Presenters:

  • Agnes Weber, lic. phil. I is an educational scientist. Her focus at the time lies with didactics in teaching at the University. She is specialized in Problem-based learning (PBL) which she teaches at the Didactica (University of Zurich/ ETH) and also abroad at different Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities. Agnes Weber will make a short input of about : What is PBL and how does it work? She is very much looking forward to a lively exchange about the topic.
  • Dr. Lukas Fässler (D-INFK) is a senior scientist focus education at the Department of Computer Science (D-INFK). He teaches Introduction to Programming to large classes for various life science departments. At Refresh Teaching, he will share insight on how PBL is implemented in his learning environment, the 2018 KITE-Award winning project.
  • Dr. Guillén-Gosálbez joined the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences of ETH in 2019. He holds the Chair of Chemical Systems Engineering and teaches modules related to process modelling and optimization, and process design. He will talk about how he teaches the design projects in the Chemical Engineering studies, with a strong focus on including sustainability criteria in problem-based learning by addressing highly relevant challenges in sustainable development.
  • Dr. Felix Keller has been a didactic specialist for environmental teaching at ETH Zurich since 2004 and a lecturer at the Graubünden University of Applied Sciences for Tourism, which already introduced PBL in 2003, when almost no one in Switzerland was talking about it. In a research project at the University of Zurich, the implementation of PBL in Graubünden was investigated. As a course leader of various PBL courses, PBL coach of ETH courses and lead expert at the State Secretariat for Research, Education and Innovation (SERI), he gained further experience in this exciting teaching method.

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