A problem-based approach to teaching a course in engineering mechanics

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Problem-Based Learning (PBL) can be defined as a learning environment where problems drive the learning. A teaching session begins with a problem to be solved, in such a way that students need to gain new knowledge before they can solve the problem. This paper discusses the application of PBL to teaching an introductory course in engineering mechanics at Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark for first semester students enrolled in the program “Sustainable Design". We pose realistic problems which do not necessarily have a single correct solution. Project work in groups also presents itself as a supplement for conventional engineering education. The students themselves should interpret the problem posed, gather needed information, identify possible solutions, evaluate options and present conclusions. The paper also presents an initial assessment of the experiences gained from implementing PBL in the course. We conclude with a discussion of some issues in implementing PBL in engineering and mathematics courses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning, IRSPBL 2020
EditorsAida Guerra, Anette Kolmos, Juebei Chen, Maiken Winther
Number of pages11
PublisherAalborg University
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9788772103136
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event8th International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning, IRSPBL 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 18 Aug 202021 Aug 2020


Conference8th International Research Symposium on Problem-Based Learning, IRSPBL 2020
ByVirtual, Online
SeriesInternational Research Symposium on PBL

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Publisher Copyright:
© The authors, 2020.

    Research areas

  • Engineering mathematics, Engineering mechanics, Interdisciplinary, PBL

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