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"Profiles in PBL" is a web database where PBL engineering programs from around the world share the details of their PBL programs. Our goal is to showcase more than 100 PBL profiles. The profiles will serve as inspiration for PBL programs to learn from one another and for engineering educators world-wide who are considering PBL. This database has been developed in collaboration between The Aalborg UNESCO Centre and Iron Range Engineering, Itasca Community College.
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Aalborg University - across all engineering and science programs
20000
Aalborg
http://www.aau.dk
Anette Kolmos
Professor
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Problem-based, problem-oriented,project-based or project-organised
PBL is implemented institution wide in all programs at the engineering and science faculties

Students learn disciplinary knowledge in the courses and in the projects. At each semester there will be three disciplinary courses of which some of these courses will support the learning in the projects.
But most of the learning of disciplinary knowledge will be in the projects where the students will relate different disciplinary areas to each other when analysing and solving the problems.

Students are responsible for their own project process - and they will call for meeting with an agenda. The students have normally send drafts for chapters in the report to comment on. The supervisors/facilitators give response to the subject and project questions and get an update on the project management process.

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Program Overview
Public
ISCED 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education, ISCED 5: Short-cycle tertiary education (Associate's or equivalent)
Five Years
Semesters 1-10
21-25
PBL Overview
Moderately structured
AAU use all types of problems: autentic, faculty created - but most of the problems are designed in a way where students have to analyse the problem in order to identify the core problem which will be solved in the projects.
Student choice
Student choice
Rooms owned by team for semester
Medium
Expert
Unique Features
PBL curriculum at a systemic level from 1-10th semester
Focus on learning PBL competences
Student driven problems and team based
Facilitated by academic staff
Facilitated by physical space and digital means
Assessment Methods
Written Exams, Oral Exams, Classroom Presentations, Exhibition/Demonstration, Performance Tasks, Portfolio
Individual assessment in a team-based project exam
Individual assessment in a team-based project exam
Publications
Holgaard, J. E., Guerra, A., & Kolmos, A. (2017). Getting a Hold on the Problem in a Problem-Based Learning Environment. International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 33(No. 3), pp. 1070–1085.
Kolmos, A. (1996). Reflections on Project Work and Problem-based Learning. European Journal of Engineering Education, 21(2), 141-148.
Kolmos, A., & Graaff, E. d. (2014). Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning in Engineering Education: Merging Models. In B. M. Olds & A. Johri (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research. (pp. 141-161.): New York, NY, USA: Cambridge
Kolmos, A., & Holgaard, J. E. (2007). Alignment of PBL and Assessment. Paper presented at the First International Conference for research in Engineering Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Kolmos, A., Krogh, L., & Fink, F. K. (2004). The Aalborg PBL model : progress, diversity and challenges (3. printing. ed.). Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.
Zhou, C., Kolmos, A., & Nielsen, J. F. D. (2012). A Problem and Project-Based Learning (PBL) Approach to Motivate Group Creativity in Engineering Education. International Journal of Engineering Education, 28(1), 3-16
Ryberg, T. (2013). DESIGNING PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING IN VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS–POSITIONING TEACHERS AS COMPETENT PRACTITIONERS AND DESIGNERS. PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING FOR THE 21st CENTURY, 101
Spliid, C. M. (2016). Discussions in PBL Project-Groups : Construction of Learning and Managing. International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 31(1), 324–332.