PBL2018 International Conference

PBL for the Next Generation
Blending active learning, technology, and social justice

This conference challenges participants to reflect on the ways in which Problem-Based Learning and many other Active Learning Methodologies can improve and re-invent higher and basic education, produce innovative and interdisciplinary knowledge, and foster the connection of people from different academic, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.


Important Dates

Submissions closed on

September 17th, 2017

Announcement of accepted proposals

October 8th, 2017

Deadline for Early-bird registration

December 10th, 2017

Deadline for optional full paper or extend paper submission

December 11th, 2017

Call for Proposals

We encourage individuals, schools and institutions to submit proposals that address the conference theme: PBL for the Next Generation: Blending active learning, technology, and social justice.

Submissions are welcome from scholars, students, practitioners and professionals across the many disciplines that contribute to the study, development and practice of Problem-Based Learning and Active Learning Methodologies.

How to submit a proposal

Pre-conference workshops

(full-day or half-day, with social/touristy activity)

A number of pre-conference workshops will take place around the Silicon Valley on February 15 and 16, and will highlight innovative pedagogies and technologies in support of active and team-and project-based learning. We hope to offer exciting hands-on and inspirational experiences to various target audiences.

Pre-conferences will most likely be limited to 15-20 spaces. Participants will pay extra for pre-conference workshops and a minimum of participants will be needed to confirm its offering.

Among the workshops to be offered we highlight:

1. “Global Teamwork in Action: Experience Stanford University’s innovative PBL Lab.” Partner Organization: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, California.

2. “Design Challenge Learning: Combining design thinking, engineering and project-based learning to develop the next generation of problem-solvers.” Partner Organization: The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California.

3. “360 Filmmaker Challenge: Using 360° Virtual Reality technology in support of active learning.” Partner Organization: Digital Promise, Redwood City, California.

4. “Team-Based Learning.” Partner Organization: University of Delaware.

Keynote Speakers

Henk Schmidt
Rector of Erasmus University

Amy Smith
Massachussets Institute of Technology, USA

Karen Cator
CEO of Digital Promise

Jennifer Merritt
Santa Clara University

Invited Speakers

Anette Kolmos
Aalborg University

Diana Dolmans
Maastricht University

Glen O’Grady
Australian National University

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Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies such as Intel, Macy’s, Texas Instruments, EMC and Applied Materials. It is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of California, which was built around Mission Santa Clara de Asís.

Santa Clara University blends high-tech innovation with a social consciousness grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition. It has a commitment to leaving the world a better place. It pursues new technology, encourages creativity, engages communities, and shares an entrepreneurial mindset. Its goal is to help shape the next generation of leaders and global thinkers.

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