Expanding Horizons in Problem-Based Learning
17-28 June 2013 (fully booked; application is not possible anymore)
16-27 June 2014 (application deadline is 5 May 2014)
The fee for a one-week programme is €1200 and for a two-week programme €2400.
In week 2, participants can also choose to register for one or more individual modules at a rate of €270 per half day.
The interactive Summer Course 'Expanding Horizons in Problem-Based Learning' aims to inform participants about all major aspects of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In this course we share with you the many years of theoretical and practical experience with PBL as implemented in the health education programme of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University.
PBL in short
PBL’s main focus is to generate students that are independent, enterprising problem-solvers. PBL is a student-centred, as opposed to a teacher-centred, approach. Students study real-life problem cases in small groups, accompanied by relevant literature suggestions, skills training sessions and some lectures, to learn the skills that are needed in their field of study. A tutor sits in on the group meetings to guard the process and monitor the level of the discussions. You will have ample opportunity to share your problems and questions with experts in the field of PBL and related innovative educational approaches, and to discuss with students and staff their experiences with respect to the PBL approach.
PBL at Maastricht University
The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University was, after McMaster University in Canada, the second university in the world to implement PBL as the dominant educational strategy in medical education.
In addition to its long-lasting experience with PBL, Maastricht University has always been eager to further develop this educational method. Many experiments, developments and a good deal of educational research, training programmes and courses have contributed to the PBL expertise of our staff.
The course is intended for all involved in academic education in Medicine, Health Sciences and Behavioural Sciences who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge about PBL and related topics, and who wish to meet PBL experts as well as course participants from all over the world who share an interest in PBL.
The Summer Course programme covers two weeks. Participants can attend the full two weeks or choose to attend only one of the two weeks. It is also possible to register for one or more individual modules in the second week.
Week 1: Introduction to PBL
This week offers an introduction to PBL, including a global overview of the principal components and characteristics of the Maastricht approach to PBL. The programme is designed with those participants in mind for whom PBL is rather new and aims to paint a clear picture of its key features.
Week 2: Advanced Topics in PBL
This week can be attended as a valuable addition to the introduction of week 1 and is suitable for those already involved in PBL who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding about particular topics. The week offers more modules than can be attended in one week so as to cater for different interests. Participants can select those modules that are most suited to their particular needs and interests.
Summer Course Coordination group
Dr. Mascha Verheggen, Programme Director Competence Development Programmes
Janneke Frambach, MA, MSc, PhD candidate on ‘The Globalization of Problem-Based Learning’
Valerie van den Eertwegh, MSc, trainer and PhD candidate on ‘Transfer of Learning’
Advisors of the coordination group
Prof. Dr. Cees van der Vleuten
Geraldine van Kasteren, MD
Dr. Willem de Grave
Prof. Dr. Ton de Goeij
Marijke Kruithof, MD
F.A.Q. (under construction)
School of Health Professions Education (SHE)
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
P.O. Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands
Admissions and application