PBL Tutor Training

In the three-day PBL (Problem-Based Learning) tutor training the participants practise working with the PBL method. PBL is a student-centred teaching form, in which active learning and the student's independence are central. During this tutor training the emphasis is on acquiring the learning-process supervisory skills.

Target group and required prior knowledge
The PBL Tutor Training is intended for starting or future tutors in problem-based learning. No specific prior knowledge is required.

After completing the training participants will be able to:
  • Name the basic principles of problem-based learning and explain their operation in practice.
  • Describe the process of the seven steps in problem-based education.
  • Name the various student roles in the steps.
  • Support students in developing skills such as leading a discussion, making notes (on the smartboard), listening and summarising, discussing, providing and receiving feedback.
  • Supervise students in a process-oriented way and intrinsically in the various steps of the process: stimulate students to contribute actively, pose supporting questions to the group, provide confirmation, observe and analyse the group process.
  • Give students feedback in a constructive manner, evaluate the group process and assess students individually on their professional behaviour.
  • Spot frequently-occurring problem situations in a teaching group and take adequate action for them.
Contents and form
The training lasts a total of three days. The first day of the course is an introduction to the process of problem-based education and acquiring the skills the students need for this. Over the next two days we put the emphasis on acquiring specific tutoring skills in problem-based education and general didactic skills.

The PBL Tutor Training is based on social learning theory principles, where we use theoretical instruction combined with video clips and simulations. We devote attention to all skills important in PBL, both for students and tutors, based on the seven steps of the PBL process. Both students and tutors must have PBL skills, but only tutors must have learning process supervisory skills.
During the course the participants acquire experience in all the skills through practical exercises and assignments. We simulate teaching groups, in which the participants themselves play the roles of student and tutor. After each exercise we give the participants feedback on the execution of the various skills. We also show video examples of difficult situations which might occur in a teaching group. We discuss these situations with the participants and also look together for solutions.

Evaluation and certification /i]
On conclusion the participants will receive a certificate of participation.


Marit Nieuwenhuys nieuwenhuys@risbo.eur.nl
+31 10 408 2424
Tel +31 10 408 21 24
Email info@risbo.eur.nl
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