Research findings present instructors with a conundrum:
The PBCL Cycle is designed to resolve this conflict. Its nine stages describe the structure and process through which instructors, students and business partners navigate each PBCL experience.
Download a more detailed description of the stages of the PBCL Cycle (PDF).
The design of the PBCL Cycle demonstrates the importance of structure, without sacrificing the flexibility needed for inquiry—based learning. In fact, by encouraging students to return to previous stages—to revisit ideas, information, conclusions, evidence or plans for moving forward—the looping structure of the PBCL Cycle is also an accurate representation of learning in the real world.
To help instructors, students, and business partners communicate about and use the PBCL Cycle, the Innovation in Teaching and Learning for Technological Education (ITL) group has developed a variety of resources and tools that are available on the Resources & Tools page.