Table 9: [Conversation] Problem-based learning: How to incorporate into class

Facilitator: Laura Poms

Session Information

Year: 2017 | Time: 8:00-9:00am (Share-a-thon) | Location: Johnson Center (Dewberry Hall)


*No special preparation required* Welcome to ITL and this table! Join your fellow Mason instructors to informally discuss this table's topic. At the table, you will find desk copies of related resources (digital versions are available below), and an experienced Mason colleague who has experience and strategies related to this topic.  Not sure what to talk about?  Here are some conversation starters:
  • Share a little about yourselves: 

    • Department

    • Years at Mason

    • Courses you are teaching

    • What excites you about teaching?

  • What brought you to this table?

  • What sorts of problems do professionals in your field need to be able to solve?

  • What kinds of problems or parts of problems can lower-division students engage in even if they don’t know enough to complete a full project?

  • How can we use modeling, peer reviews, guided learning, progress reports, and/or reflection as whole-class activities when students are working on diverse individual or team projects?

  • What are some helpful strategies for team-based project design and management?

  • What are some useful strategies for supporting and assessing student projects?

Have an example or resource to share?  Submit through this link and we'll upload it after the conference: Still have questions?  Leave a post it note on the table sign at the end of the Share-a-thon or email your questions to   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 


student engagement; collaborative learning; problem-based learning; inquiry-based learning; team-based learning


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