Basic Principles of Challenge Based Learning

Starting Date
October 1, 2022
Ending Date
December 1, 2022
Maximum group size


One of the pillars of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) is Challenge Based Learning (CBL), an educational model where ‘learners, teachers, researchers, representatives of businesses and public organisations - join forces across a variety of disciplines to solve real-life problems’. The integration of CBL across the ECIU institutional partners requires a deeper understanding of its principles and practices as well as the skills and competences to change course syllabus accordingly. Considering that teaching and learning is a major part of researchers’ professional practice, including PhD students, this course provides the opportunity for researchers and PhD students to deepen their knowledge and skills on CBL as well as develop strategies on how to integrate CBL principles in their educational activities.


Aida Guerra (Aalborg University)

Learning outcomes    

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the CBL principles and framework;
  • Place CBL in the landscape of active learning pedagogies by discussing it with other practices, namely problem based, project organized learning;
  • Describe the role of the teacher, the student and the other actors in CBL practice;
  • Describe different type of challenges, namely nano-, standard- and strategic challenges;
  • Develop a strategy to integrate CBL in their educational practices.


The course will be held online, with small lectures, hands-on exercises, group-work, presentations and discussions in plenum as main activities. It requires availability for the full days of 14 and 15 November 2022, and for the morning of 16 December 2022. Preparation for the course will start one month before the online sessions and includes a 750 words small essay.


The minimum requirements tosuccessfully complete the course are:

  • Presence and active participation in all synchronous activities. Active participation is understood as provide inputs and contributions when requested, whether in group exercises, lectures and plenum presentations and discussion.
  • Carry out the preparation and deliver the assignments requested in the due date (i.e. in the deadline given).


Till 14th of October 2022.


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