By Nikolaj Stegeager, member of the PBL Academy, Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Learning. Translated by LeeAnn Iovanni, AAU Communication
AALBORG UNIVERSITY'S PEDAGOGICAL DNA
Problem-based and project-organised learning has been part of Aalborg University's pedagogical DNA since the university opened in 1974. From the beginning, this pedagogical approach has been the focal point of much debate, externally as well as internally. What is a problem really? What are the characteristics of Aalborg University's approach to problem-based and project-organised learning? What pros and cons of this method of teaching university students can we identify? Should the PBL model be supplemented by other models or should it be the exclusive pedagogical model at AAU?
These and many other questions about our didactic basis have helped shape our university, its teachers and its students. The views have been many, and consensus has never been an end in itself. On the contrary, there has always been a belief that diverse perspectives and practices would ensure that PBL (as the pedagogical model was eventually renamed) continuously evolves and thus remains relevant in a changing world.
In 2011, then-Rector Finn Kjærsdam established the PBL Academy as an expression of this focus on continuing the dialogue between different perspectives and practices. The PBL Academy's Board consists of representatives from all faculties, and for ten years the Academy, with changes in board members, has worked to bring researchers and teaching staff from all parts of the university together in dialogues about teaching and didactics.
INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY IN PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING
However, as of 1 January, the Academy will be dissolved to make room for the new cross-faculty unit at Aalborg University: the Institute for Advanced Study[LI1] in Problem Based Learning. Thus, for the last time, the Academy invites all teaching staff at Aalborg University to gather together to discuss our common pedagogical foundation at our anniversary event on 1 December.
You will have the opportunity to meet two of the professors who have helped to design our pedagogical profile since the university opened. We also invite all of you to take part in a dialogue about what we can learn from the past and what we should take with us into the future. In short, how PBL can continue to be relevant and enriching for both students and teachers in the years to come. We look forward to seeing you for an inspiring afternoon.
PROGRAMME FOR THE ANNIVERSARY EVENT 1 DECEMBER 2021
Please note: The event is in English.
PLACE: Kroghstræde 3, Room 4.128 (Lindgren)
14.30: Welcome by Jacob Davidsen, PBL Academy President
14.35: Opening remarks by Rasmus Antoft, Dean
14.45: PBL at AAU – historical and future perspectives. Anette Kolmos, Professor Palle Rasmussen, Professor Emeritus
15:30: Plenary discussion – PBL now and in the future
After the event, sparkling beverages and sweets will be served.