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), although any proposals that address Problem-Based Learning and Active Learning Methodologies are welcome.

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.

Students from K-12 schools as well as universities will have a unique opportunity to showcase their experiences and projects using active learning methodologies. Accepted proposals for this special track will demonstrate how learning is happening in real-world contexts.

English is the main language of the Conference, and most of the sessions will be conducted in English, but other languages are accepted for submission of proposals, such as Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese etc. Some sessions will be organized in these languages if the scientific committee approves a necessary number of proposals.

Proposals can be related to the tracks and perspectives described below, in a wide variety of formats of presentation and interaction:


– Health and Medicine
– Social Sciences and Humanities
– Engineering and Applied Sciences
– Teaching Education (Higher and Basic)
– Professional Development
– Student’s perspective in K-12 or Higher Ed classroom experiences
– Makers and doers


– Project-, Challenge- and Team-Based Learning
– Construction of Engaging Problems
– Hands-on and Learn-by-doing
– Assessment and evidence-based
– Technology Enabled
– Design
– Concept Mapping
– Case study
– Creative Learning
– Systemic active learning approach

Formats of Proposals

The following formats of presentation and interaction proposals are welcome:
– Panel Discussion / Symposia
– Workshops
– Authentic PBL problem trigger
– Research and Experiences Paper Presentations
– Interactive Poster and Prototype Presentations

Submission Requirements

Submissions closed on September 17th, 2017.

We thank everyone who participated.

Guidelines for Submissions

Proposals shall be submitted online through the platform Submittable and must include the following information:
– State the title of your proposal.
– Select the preferred Track, Perspective, and Formats for your presentation.
– Provide the full name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address of all co-authors. Identify the corresponding author.
– Provide an abstract of up to 100 words. This will be printed in the program.
– For review purposes, provide an up to 500-word summary of your proposal. For Panel Discussion or Symposia submissions, provide a 500-word summary of each individual presentation along with a 250-word rationale for the Panel as a whole.
– Provide three keywords to index your presentation.

A brief description of the presentation formats is:

Panel Discussion / Symposia

Panel Discussions and Symposia are 90-minute sessions comprised of presentations by 3-5 individuals who address a common theme or topic in PBL or other Active Learning Method. Twenty minutes should be reserved for questions and discussion.


Workshops are 90-minute small-group interactive sessions that focus on a specific PBL or Active Learning Method intervention or assessment emphasizing the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc.

Authentic PBL problem trigger

Authentic PBL problem trigger is a 90-minute session where proponents will facilitate a group of conference participants to work through a problem. The proponent provides resources to support the group inquiry. One of these resources ideally should be an original piece of work, to be used as a one of a number of resources to scaffold the group discussion. The outcomes of the problem by the session participants will be posted on the conference website. Example of a Problem Trigger: In “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns”, Clayton Christensen prognosticate that by 2019 50% of high school courses will be taught on line, increasing to 80% by 2024. The BABSON STUDY in 2015 reports that more than one in four students in US colleges (28%) now take at least one distance education course (a total of 5,828,826 students, a year-to-year increase of 217,275). What does this mean to PBL courses and the skills for PBL facilitators?

Research and Experiences Paper presentations

Paper presentations are reports about research and/or the implementation and application of PBL or Active Learning Methods. They can be submitted individually or by an institution with four complementary papers.

Interactive Poster and Prototype Presentations

Posters are visual and graphic representations and Prototypes are original models of products, processes, and public policies that can be tested prior to confirm its functionality. Proposals should refer to research and/or the implementation and application of PBL or Active Learning Methods. Each presenter must prepare a Poster or a Prototype that will be exhibited and discussed during a session in a fair format.


A scientific committee appointed by members of the PAN-PBL Executive Board will review all proposals. Two referees will review each proposal. The Scientific Committee plans to notify corresponding authors of its decisions by October 8th, 2017.

Conference Proceedings

Authors of abstracts accepted by the scientific committee of PBL2018 International Conference who want to publish a full or extended paper in the proceedings, as an optional activity, are invited to submit the full manuscript of up to twelve pages, or extended paper of up to 2 pages, for the conference proceedings, with a corresponding ISSN register. The deadline for the full or extended paper submission is December 11th, 2017.

One reviewer will verify papers for language, form and content, and if accepted, it will be published in the proceedings subject to conference registration of at least one of the authors.