University of Applied Sciences

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

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Like all Stenden students, you will be taught through problem-based learning (PBL). Instead of relying on book learning alone, you and your fellow-students will actively seek out knowledge using practical case studies from the relevant professions.

  • You will learn how to think in terms of solutions.
  • You will develop critical thinking skills.
  • You will learn to work as a part of a team and share out tasks.
  • You will learn to work methodically, according to a project plan.
  • You will develop practical skills such as conducting meetings, giving presentations and taking minutes.

How does PBL work?

You will tackle the course material by focusing on practical issues, which you and a small group of your fellow students will analyse, resolve and discuss afterwards. You set out to find solutions to the problem at hand and collaborate with your classmates to achieve the best results. Throughout this process, you will be supervised by the course tutor, who will intervene if necessary. In your team meetings, you will sometimes be charged with taking the minutes, while at other times you may be required to chair, keep track of the time or write down key information on the whiteboard. This enables you to get experience of a variety of practical roles. The number of hours in class varies from 12 to 14 hours a week.

In a nutshell: problem-based learning enables you to acquire a thorough understanding of the theory as well as providing you with practical skills that will prove invaluable during your career.