Making Learning Real with Problem-Based Case Learning

Conclusions for the Orientation Workshop

The goal of the self-paced online Orientation Workshop was to guide you through the resources of the MLR website towards helping you understand the key ideas to get you started on your journey in implementing PBCL in your classroom. To review...

An Introduction to PBCL

PBCL's governing principle is that the engagement of the business partner and the introduction of the authentic business problem will transform the student learning experience. The nine stages of the PBCL Learning Cycle describe the structure and process through which instructors, students and business partners navigate each PBCL experience.

The Theories behind PBCL

The PBCL teaching method is supported by over three decades worth of research; including the findings outlined in two key works:

Engaging a Buisiness Partner

Business partners are identified in a variety of ways: Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Associations, Advisory committee meetings, adjunct instructors, and personal contacts. The most importance component of a correct match is making sure that everyone gets something out of the experience. The relationship must be a win-win-win for the business partner, the instructor, and the students.

Observe an Immersion Activity

The immersion activity used the PBCL Learning Cycle to show the problem-solving structure underlying the IDEO creative process. It illustrated how the PBCL Learning Cycle can be used to provide a structure to the seamingly chaotic design process that could exist in your classroom once you open it to an unstructured problem-solving experience. It is being effectively used in classrooms to help students walk through the process of problem-solving and is a tool they can take with them as they start their professional lives.

Next Steps

Now that you have completed the self-paced online Orientation Workshop, a community of practice is awaiting you in the Facebook and LinkedIn environments to help you in your next steps. Please connect with your peers there if you have any questions about what you have learned so far.

The self-paced online Design and Development Institute is the next available tutorial and will help you apply the concepts you have just learned to the design of your own curriculum. You can proceed on your own, seek help in the Facebook or LinkedIn communities, or request a mentor for personal assistance through the main Contact form.