PBL2018 International Conference

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

This conference challenges participants to discover how Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning (PBL), Team-Based Learning, Maker Spaces, Design Thinking, and many other Active Learning Methodologies can enhance and reinvigorate higher education and basic education -- by generating innovative and interdisciplinary knowledge and fostering connections among 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 18th, 2017

Schedule at a glance

Pre-conference workshops

Pre-conference workshops will take place at Santa Clara University and Stanford University on February 16, highlighting innovative pedagogies and technologies that support active team-and project-based learning. Exciting hands-on experiences are designed for various target audiences.
Pre-conference workshops will have limited spaces and are charged U$ 65.00 each in addition to conference registration. A minimum number of participants is needed to offer each workshop.


The following pre-conference workshops will be offered:

    1. Workshop 1: Meaningful Making: A Hands-on Introduction to FabLearn Labs and Makerspaces (Stanford University)
    2. Workshop 2: A PBL Project Slice – An Immersive PBL Experience for K-12 Professionals (Santa Clara University)
    3. Workshop 3: A Deep Dive into PBL at Stanford University: Inspiration, Principles and Ideas for PBL at Your Campus (Stanford University)
    4. Workshop 4: 360 Filmmaker: Using 360° Virtual Reality Technology in Support of Active Learning and Immersive Storytelling (Santa Clara University)
    5. Workshop 5: Team-Based Learning: Taking PBL to the Next Level (Stanford University)


Please go to the Registration Page for more detailed information about the pre-conference workshops.

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

Featured Speakers

Lee Shulman
Stanford University Emeritus

Diana Dolmans
Maastricht University

Larry Leifer
Stanford University

View the full list

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.

contact us