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UNESCO center for problem-based learning

The research group is dedicated to transforming engineering education worldwide by PBL that emphasizes contextual, collaborative, self-directed and project organized learning. The vision is to strengthen employability and educate engineers for future sustainable societies.

Research group

UNESCO center for problem-based learning

The research group is dedicated to transforming engineering education worldwide by PBL that emphasizes contextual, collaborative, self-directed and project organized learning. The vision is to strengthen employability and educate engineers for future sustainable societies.

Research 

UCPBL conducts research on 

  • Engineering Education
  • Management of Change in Higher Education
  • New teacher roles
  • Digitalised Learning
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education
  • Professional Practice and Continuing Engineering Education

Concrete research

Working together in teams to find sustainable solutions to technical challenges is a core competence for engineers. Our research on PBL supports and develops these competences for our graduates.

AAU has become a beacon for educational institutions worldwide that intend to transform engineering education from a traditional learning mode to more innovative student centered learning modes. Our most recent topic is connecting digital learning and PBL.

Education 

Study related activities 

The main study related activity of the group is teaching PBL competences to all students at the two technical faculties at Aalborg University progressively during their education. Furthermore, internal and external staff development at Aalborg University are among the main activities.

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Collaboration 

Who benefits from the research 

Engineering education institutions worldwide, companies, continuing engineering educators, schools as pipelines to engineering education as well as ministries and engineering associations.

External partners 

UCPBL have an established global network with other universities and public/private institutions engaged in engineering education. Annually, International and Regional Reesearch Symposia are held all over the world.

Key projects 

PROCEED/PROCEED-2-WORK

PROCEED-2-WORK is a longitudinal study following all danish AAU students enrolled in 2010 from study to their first job. The project addresses the transition issues occurring when finalizing engineering education and entering new engineering jobs.

PBL FUTURE

The overall goal for the PBL Future research project is to develop research based directions for problemand project-based learning (PBL) in a Digital Age. This project will re-conceptualize how PBL could operate in new formats, based on the core principles of PBL, while exploring and developing new digital approaches that operate in and enable new hybrid PBL learning models.

Contact

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Research group head
Professor Anette Kolmos,
+45 9940 8307
ak@plan.aau.dk
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