General Description

Add challenge and intrigue to lessons while teaching 21st C and higher order thinking skills such as problem solving, creativity and critical thinking.


This course gives teachers the skills to develop differentiated learning and assessment through the discovery focussed strategies of problem based learning.



Teachers K-10 


Teaching Standards

3.1.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Establish challenging learning goals:   Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students,

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Level up III - problem based learning ” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors   3.1.2, 2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Welcome to Level Up III - Problem Based Learning

    • Welcome and Introduction

    • Task: This is ME

  • 2

    Module 2: What is/is Not Problem Based Learning?

    • Introduction

    • Task: Why Use Problem Based Learning

    • What is not Problem Based Learning

    • Comparison and Summary of Constructivist Learning Models

    • VENN Diagram

    • Task: Summary Table and VENN Diagram

    • What IS Problem Based Learning?

    • Frayer Model Template

    • Task: Frayer Model

  • 3

    Module 3: The Problem Solving Process

    • Why is Problem Solving so Important?

    • Australia's Results in Problem Solving 2012 PISA

    • Task: Australia's Results in Problem Solving

    • The Problem Solving Options

    • Task: Exercise Solving v Problem Solving

    • Task: Developing Your Own Process

  • 4

    Module 4: Planning a PBL Unit

    • The Role of the Teacher and Students

    • Role Statements for Problem Based Learning

    • Task: Who Does Shat in Problem Based Learning?

    • Steps in Creating a PBL Unit of Learning

    • Task: Initial Planning for a PBL Unit

    • Backward Mapping and Authentic Assessment

    • Backward Mapping Diagram

    • Task: Backward Mapping Stage 1

  • 5

    Module 5: Scaffolding Problem Solving

    • Problem Solving Scaffolds Part 1

    • Task: Detailed vs Simple Scaffolds

    • Part 1 - Problem Solving Scaffolds Downloads

    • Problem Solving Scaffolds Part 2

    • Part 2 - Problem Solving Scaffolds Downloads

    • Task: Choose 3 Scaffolds to help in the Problem Solving Process

    • Problem Based Learning Scaffold for Students

    • Students Guide to Problem Based Learning (PBL)

    • Task: Manage the PBL Situation

  • 6

    Module 6: Assessing Problem Solving

    • Balancing Process, Product and Presentation

    • Task: Main Aspects of a PBL unit

    • Rubrics

    • Downloads for Rubrics

    • Task: Assess the Problem Solving Rubric

    • Reflection

    • Downloads: Scaffolds for Reflection

    • Task: Scaffolds for Reflection

    • Peer and Self Assessment

    • Task: Self and Peer Assessment Record

    • Quick Peer Evaluation Form

  • 7

    Module 7: Problem Based Learning in Practice

    • Planning the Lesson Sequence

    • Task: Backward Mapping Stage 2

    • Resourcing the Problem

    • Advanced Google Search - Starter Sheet

    • Boolean Searches

    • Task: Main Resources for Your Students

    • Completing your PBL Unit

    • Final Task Template (pdf)

    • PBL Unit Final Task

    • Task: Reflection and Completing the Course

  • 8

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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