Basic Principles of Challenge Based Learning (CBL)

Starting Date
October 2, 2022
Ending Date
December 1, 2022
Maximum group size


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

Learning outcomes    

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

 -Describe the CBL principles and framework;

 -Place CBL in the landscape of active learningpedagogies by discussing it with other practices, namely problem based,   project organised 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.


   Aida Guerra (Aalborg University)


The course will be held online, with small lectures, hands-onexercises, 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 to successfully complete the course are:

 - Presence and activeparticipation in all synchronous activities. Active participation is understoodas provide inputs and contributions when requested, whether in group exercises,lectures and plenum presentations and discussion.

 - Carry out the preparation anddeliver the assignments requested in the due date (i.e. in the deadline given).


September 2022 (tbc)


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