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Is it possible to apply Problem-Based Learning in STEM education?


About This Course

This mMOOC is an introduction to Problem Based Learning, showing what it is all about. It will provide you guidelines to implement PBL in your own classes. To further increase your knowledge and expertise, we encourage you to share your experiences about PBL with your fellow lecturers and familiarize yourself e.g. with the literature given in the section "More about PBL - Additional reading

This course is a component of the EU-funded project “STEM Continuous Professional Development at European Universities – STEM-CPD @EUni”. Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a corresponding certificate.

Course Staff

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Matti Niemelä

Experienced and motivated chemist and chemistry teacher with over 15 years of lab work/course and lecturing experience. Highly skilled in the planning and implementation of lessons and lab work, e-learning and curriculum.

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Iwona Maciejowska

Prof. Iwona Maciejowska, a lecturer and a researcher at the Department of Chemical Education, the head of the Ars Docendi Council at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. An editor, an author and a co-author of books (15), papers (over 100) and courses for chemistry teachers and academic teaching staff eg. MOOC on the Coursera platform "Teaching in university science laboratories. Developing good practice". A co-editor of Chemistry Teacher International journal, an initiator of the biannual European Variety in University Chemistry Education conference.


No special requirements.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe/characterize the PBL method
  • Design roughly a PBL case scenario