LESSON 3: Components and Steps in a PBL Activity


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Students will be able to identify the steps and key elements in a problem-based learning activity.


There are many benefits to introducing PBL in the classroom. In order to get as much out of a PBL activity as you can, you must first have an understanding of all of the components that go into creating a successful problem-based learning activity. Teachers must be able to identify what each element looks like, and be able to create that themselves. As you move through this lesson, think about your own classroom, your own students, and the resources you have access to. What will it take for you to apply PBL in your classroom?



Read the following "Guide to Problem-Based Learning" in the link below.


As you read, think about all of different components that go into creating a successful PBL activity for the classroom.


View and read through the infographic posted to the right regarding the steps to creating a PBL activity in the classroom.

As you read, again, consider the key elements in a PBL activity.


Use the following questions and prompts to assist you in your discussion with your classmates. You do not need to exactly answer each question. Have a thoughtful discussion with your classmates.


1. Create a step-by-step procedure or what creating a PBL activity would look like.


2. What do you think is the most important aspect in a PBL activity?


3. What are some characteristics of students that may be important in having a successful PBL activity?


  • Violeta Jurkavic (2005). Guide to Problem Based Learning: PBL within the context of ESP. Slovene Association of LSP Teachers.
  • MacMeekin, M. (n.d.). Problem Based Learning [Chart]. Retrieved from anethicalisland.wordpress.com

Moving On!

After answering and completing all tasks for Lesson 2, please move on to Lesson 4!

LESSON 4: Designing your own problem-based learning activity!