PBL Clearinghouse

The Problem-Based Learning Clearinghouse is a collection of problems and articles to assist educators in using problem-based learning. The PBL Clearinghouse contains problems from a wide variety of disciplines.

Visit the PBL website.

PBL Journals

Journal of problem Based Learning

Volume 9 (2), October 2022

The Journal of Problem-Based Learning is an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary professional journal showcasing innovation and best practice in Learning and Teaching methods consistent with preparation for contemporary professional practice across a range of contexts.

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem Based Learning (IJPBL)

Volume 15 (2), December 2021

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning (IJPBL) publishes relevant, interesting, and challenging peer-reviewed articles of research, analysis, or promising practice related to all aspects of implementing problem-based learning (PBL) in K–12 and post-secondary classrooms.

Sample Syllabi and Exams

  1. Introductory Biology, syllabus
    Deborah Allen, Biological Sciences
  2. Introductory Biology, syllabus
    Honors Introductory Biology, syllabus
    Linda Dion, Biological Sciences
  3. Introduction to Biochemistry, syllabus
    Introduction to Biochemistry, sample exam individualsample exam group
    Hal White, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  4. Intermediary Metabolism, syllabus
    Hal White, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Evaluation Forms for Problem-Based Learning

  1. Rubric for Evaluating Problems
  2. Sample Rubrics from the UD Writing Center and WAC Clearinghouse (Writing Across the Curriculum)
  3. Evaluating Individuals in Group Work

Sample Problem-Based Learning Problems

The PBL Clearinghouse is a collection of problems that assist educators in using problem-based learning. The problems are peer reviewed by PBL experts in the disciplinary content areas. Teaching notes and supplemental materials accompany each problem, providing insights and strategies that are innovative and classroom-tested. We encourage you to find challenging problems for your class in the Clearinghouse. 

General Issues to Consider when Adopting PBL




Sample Inspiration for Problems

PBL Groups in Action

  1. IntroductionA brief introduction to problem-based learning and the Groups in Action videos.
  2. In the BeginningA new group discusses their concerns and expectations for the course.
  3. This is a Group Thing… Right?Class is off to a rough start as group members struggle to work as a team.
  4. When the Professor’s Presence Makes a Difference
    The group can’t seem to work together unless supervised by the instructor.
  5. We Don’t CareThe group’s disinterest in the topic inhibits their ability to learn.
  6. Dawn’s 8 O’clockFrustration occurs within the group when one member is consistently late and absent.
  7. Chain Reaction of DisorderThe group’s concentration is thrown off after one disruption leads to another.
  8. I Think We Should Get the ProfessorA peer facilitator is frustrated with the group’s frequent requests for the instructor’s help.
  9. Shyer Than ShyProgress is slow when group members are reluctant to break out of their shell.
  10. I Want To Be in My Professor’s GroupA group member is having a difficult time accepting the thoughts and research of their peers.
  11. Water StridersThe group avoids the real learning issues within their topic.
  12. Looking for InformationGroup members fail to produce quality research and interfere with group collaboration.