Maastricht University uses Problem Based Learning (PBL) as its key method of instruction. Students work together in small groups to tackle the subject matter which is offered in the form of real life problems from the field of study.
The problem is discussed in the tutorial group and students formulate their own learning objectives. After one or two days of individual studying you meet again with the group to discuss your findings. A tutor accompanies the group meetings to monitor the process and the level of the discussions.
PBL is a very effective method. Besides acquiring knowledge, it enables you to apply this knowledge and to analyse and solve problems. In this method of instruction active participation of students is absolutely essential. It is not only expected by the tutor or professor, but also by your fellow students. And active participation also implies that you are required to attend all group meetings.