PBL methodology

Whenever we discuss PBL with potential users, common questions arise:

  • Are projects available for companies?
  • Do projects take a long time to develop?
  • Are they difficult to develop?
  • Where should I begin?

These practical questions frame the concerns of managers, middle managers, HH.RR. Responsible, etc. concerning adoption of PBL for use in their companies. Although there are increasing numbers of management instructors using PBL around the world, to date, most sharing of PBL projects has occurred through informal networks.

The success of PBL is based on a supportive, collaborative, open learning environment. A number of approaches can be used to guide the learner through the alternative learning experience. The initial stages can be quite daunting for participants, so it must be made clear at each stage what is required for them and how they can achieve it. In addition each person’s opinions must be respected and people should be encouraged to share their knowledge.

In Innoresolve project, we share what we have learned about the design of successful PBL projects, including the following:

  • Designing our own PBL materials from scratch;
  • Converting existing “case problems” into PBL projects;
  • Constructing PBL projects out of problems arising from consulting and research projects in which we or our colleagues were engaged;
  • Guiding employees in the design of PBL materials
  • Reviewing and evaluating PBL projects


Here, you will find the following useful information:

  • Description on PBL methodology, with the main characteristics. Download
  • Guidelines to apply a project based learning, regardless of whether the instructor (manager, middle managers, HH.RR. Responsible, etc.) or a worker was designing the project. They are also similarly applicable regardless of whether the instructor is adapting a case for use in a PBL mode or starting from scratch. Download
  • A template for structuring and planning the project, through the PBL major components. Download
  • OER to support the gathering of information to allow participants to complete the self study stage of the Problem Based Learning process. Download

Examples of applying this methodology in industrial companies: