Table 9: [Conversation] Problem-Based Learning: How to Incorporate into Class


  • Facilitator: Laura Poms George Mason University; College of Health and Human Services; Global and Community Health



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


*No special preparation required*àWelcome 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.ààNot sure what to talk about?ààHere are some conversation starters:
  • Share a little about yourselves:à

    • 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 donââ¬â¢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?ààSubmit through this link and we'll upload it after the conference:ààStill have questions?ààLeave a post it note on the table sign at the end of the Share-a-thon or email your questions toàstearns@gmu.eduàààADDITIONAL RESOURCES:à

Author Biography

Facilitator: Laura Poms, George Mason University; College of Health and Human Services; Global and Community Health

Laura Wheeler Poms, Assistant Professor in Global and Community Health.