Get Real! Using Problem-Based Learning To Engage Adult Learners

Get Real! Using Problem-Based Learning To Engage Adult Learners

Agnes DiStasi, DNP, RN, CNE

1 Hour


Description & Objectives:
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.


  • Define problem-based learning (PBL)
  • Discuss the theoretical foundations of problem-based learning
  • Describe the process of problem-based learning
  • Discuss the advantages of problem-based learning.
  • Problem-based learning as a model for F2F and online learning.
  • Provide examples of appropriate problems in a problem-based learning course or curriculum.

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