PBL+ Workshop

June 19-21: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an applied approach in which students learn by working together in groups to find solutions to open-ended and relevant problems. In addition to problem-solving, students develop reasoning, communication, and self-assessment skills in the process.

PBL captures students’ attention and fosters engagement as the problems are typically drawn from real-life scenarios. This three-day workshop will offer teachers a chance to explore ways to bring PBL to their classrooms.

The first two days of the workshop will be led by PBL expert Dr. Mark Serva, Ph.D. of Problem-Based Learning at University of Delaware. Dr. Serva will provide participants with an overview of PBL, examples of its successful implementation, opportunities to develop problems and assessments specific to their curricula. He will also introduce team-based learning methods that teachers can use to help students tackle problems. On the third day of the workshop, Episcopal’s Center for Teaching and Learning staff will guide teachers through further development of their problems and the building-out of complete units for immediate use in the classroom.

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About the Instructor

Dr. Mark Serva is an associate professor of management information systems at the University of Delaware. He is the former director for the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE), a leading proponent of learning-centered pedagogies. He has conducted PBL workshops around the US and in countries around the world, including Turkey, Trinidad, India, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and many others. Dr. Serva is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including the Exemplary Use of Technology in Teaching, the Lerner College's Student Choice, and the Lerner College's Outstanding Teacher Award. His research includes the exploration of technology to improve teaching, the effective adoption of learning centered pedagogies, and latent growth modeling.