Making Learning Real with Problem-Based Case Learning

Professional Development & Coaching Programs for Problem Based Case Learning

To help instructors develop mastery in the PBCL approach, the Innovation in Teaching and Learning for Technological Education (ITL) project team has designed professional development and coaching programs or paths.

Two tracks - one outcome

The professional development program guides the instructor along a path of growth as a PBCL practitioner. The program is divided into two parallel tracks:

  1. Online self-paced tutorials with social-network support
  2. Facilitator-led training, practicum, and reflection events

Through a sequence of four steps or events, the program encourages the instructor's increasing knowledge and more effective application of PBCL principles and practices. As can be seen in the following illustration, the primary steps towards PBCL mastery involve:

  1. An orientation to PBCL
  2. Design and development of a course using PBCL principles
  3. Implementing the course design
  4. Reflecting on the implementation, then evaluating and modifying the initial design

Orientation and Design & Development Workshops

The first two steps, the Orientation and Design and Development workshops, are guided events. Whether self-paced or facilitator led, the first two steps are carefully designed to produce a specific outcome - getting the instructor oriented to the concepts adequately enough to design their course using the PBCL principles.

Implementation and Reflection

The last two steps, Implementation and Reflection, are not courses or events per se, but steps along your professional development path. The Implementation step simply acknowleges that putting your design into practice is a necessary ingredient for PBCL mastery. The Reflection step acknowledges that including a meta-cognitive step in the learning processes increases knowledge transfer; i.e. we integrate new knowledge with existing knowledge more completely when we reflect on what we have learned and applied.

When moving through the professional development self-paced program online, the FaceBook page and LinkedIn group are used to interact with existing practitioners during your implementation phase as peer feedback can expedite that process. Reflection can be accomplished through social network postings and through writing articles about your process. If a facilitator-led approach to professional development is being used, a coach will guide you through that process.

Coaching Programs

Coaches are instructors who have completed all four of the PBCL professional development events and desire to help others become PBCL practitioners. PBCL Coaches act as mentors for instructors learning to use PBCL. PBCL Coaches can also progress to leadership levels that allow them to conduct professional development events. If, after finishing each of the four steps on the Professional Development Arrow, you want to be part of the continued dissemination effort of PBCL, those opportunities can be made available. Becoming a coach requires guidance from an experienced coach. Contact the PBCL staff to be assigned a coach.

Download a brochure with more detailed information about the general approach to becoming a Coach (PDF).

Getting Started

To begin the self-paced online professional development track, click on the following link to be taken to the Getting Started Guide. If an instructor-led approach is required, especially if a group of instructors need to be taken through the workshops together, contact the PBCL staff through the contact form.

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Instructors create a concept map to explore a business situation on the first day of a PBCL Institute.