Forum on Problem-Based Learning


In response to the strong interest expressed at ACSME 2015, FYiMaths held a Forum on Problem-Based Learning in mathematics at the University of Technology Sydney, 9 February 2017.

We define problem-based learning in its broadest sense, as anything that uses authentic problems (whether abstract or otherwise) as the catalyst for developing an understanding of a topic.

We showcased current examples of how PBL is being used in classrooms, and discussed how it contributes to the development of graduate skills.

We heard from industry representatives on what they value about maths graduates (and what they feel is missing), and discussed how PBL might be useful.

We also had the chance to ask the experts about the pitfalls and benefits of PBL.


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Welcome — Anthony Dooley, Head of School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Univerisity of Technology Sydney

OpeningBrian Yates, President, Australian Council of Deans of Science

PBL WorkshopLes Kirkup, University of Technology Sydney (PPT slides)



When: Thu 9 February 2017, 9:30am–5:15pm
Where: Grid Room, Level 5, Building 4 (CB04.05.430), University of Technology Sydney, NSW

More about PBL

  • Boud & Feletti (1991), The Challenge of Problem-based Learning, Kogan Page
  • Eberlein et al. (2008). Pedagogies of engagement in science. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 36(4): 262-273.
  • Badger, Matthew, et al.(2012)  “Teaching problem-solving in undergraduate mathematics.” University of Birmingham
  • Overton and Johnson (2016) Evidence-based practice in learning and teaching for STEM disciplines. ACDS TL Centre Occasional Paper,

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