The first formation session about Problem-based learning methodology (PBL) was held last Friday November 26th. It was an internal training among around 20 attendants from INOWASIA partners, where the coordinator explained the principles and benefits of PBL compared to conventional formation. Details about challenges in the implementation were analysed and discussed, using an example from the existing Master’s on Water Resources form the University of Girona.

INOWASIA aims to develop and implement PBL courses in the field of integrated and innovative Water Resources Management and Sustainable Development. PBL is a semi-autonomous cooperative learning process in small groups where (real) complex situations are discussed in group instead of lecture-based classes. PBL places the student at the forefront of the learning process by transforming the teacher into a coach who probes and challenges students towards constructing knowledge. Students formulate and pursue their own learning objectives by researching a situation, developing appropriate questions, and producing their own solution to an open problem. They learn concepts instead of just absorbing facts. These enquiry-based teaching methods engage students in creating, questioning, and revising knowledge, while developing their skills in critical thinking, autonomy, teamwork, communication, reasoning, flexibility, leadership, and ability to select the sources of information.