Creative PBL practices at Maastricht University

Maastricht University uses a problem based learning approach (PBL), which is a different way of learning from traditional education. Students work in small tutorial groups where they team up with ten to fifteen students to tackle real-life challenges. PBL encourages an active way of learning that enhances knowledge retention, activates and motivates students, and helps them to develop important skills and competencies. To help dynamics of group learning and knowledge retention, PBL at Maastricht University is based on four learning pillars.

1) Constructive – PBL is a student centered approach in which learners construct their own knowledge and the teacher or tutor serves as a guide on the side
2) Collaborative – PBL stimulates students to co-construct knowledge, and to share ideas and knowledge
3) Contextual – PBL uses real everyday problems. Hence the learning material is more relevant and will be easier to apply on real situations
4) Self-directed – PBL promotes self- directed learning skills among students. Examples are planning, reflection, evaluation of understanding, and managing information and resources

In this video series UM teaching staff explain their creative approaches to PBL. They follow the UM-PBL pillars of a constructive, contextual, collaborative, and self-directed approach to learning. If you have questions about creative PBL practices at UM you can contact Or you can contact our teachers for specific questions about their approach. The e-mail address for each teacher can be found at the end of their video clip.

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