The PBL-network

The Nordic PBL-network had its autumn-meeting 13-14th October at Arcada – a multi-professional university of applied sciences in Helsinki. Arcada is one of the larger universities in Finland with Swedish as language at the school.


We where about 30 participants from six different universities in Finland and Sweden and this time there were also several students as participants. The theme for this meeting was the scenario in the PBL process or “utgångspunkten” as they say at Arcada.

A couple of students from Arcada had listed what they believed was a good scenario:

  • It should wake up feelings
  • Topical
  • Clear
  • put your mind to work
  • Visual (picture + sound)
  • But to have a successful scenario the PBL-group also has to work as a group. It´s not enough just to have a good scenario.

An example of a good scenario:

One of the basic rules in working with scenarios in PBL is to stay curious

A scenario should contain just enough of information to create curiosity and get the mind to work. To work with a scenario there must be cooperation in the PBL-group and the scenario must be aligned with other activities in the course and with the examination of the course.

We worked in PBL-groups to create a scenario out of the words: learning, society, surroundings, complicity.

The work of my PBL-group
The work of my PBL-group

And the next day we worked and tested another PBL-groups scenario.


The scenario we had to test was using a lot of notes to create a new scenario that we could discuss.

Out of the scenario we got from another group we created a new scenario with complicity – No complicity on one axis and Learning – No learning on the other and we were beginning to categorize different kind of education

Complicity - No complicity
Complicity – No complicity
The new scenario my PBL-group created

I was curious of Arcadas model on PBL-work


and found it to be interesting.

The road to a good working PBL-group according Arcada

I was impressed by Arcadas model of evaluation in the PBL-group.

Tree people - a way to evaluate to work in the PBL-group. Point to the person who looks like how you are feeling.
Tree people – a way to evaluate to work in the PBL-group. Point to the person who looks like how you are feeling.

The four words that come to finished up this autumn meeting was:

  • Co-operation
  • Meetings
  • Put your mind at work
  • Complicity.

Next meeting in the Nordic PBL-network will be in May 2017.


2 thoughts on “The PBL-network”

  1. Can’t believe you have been in my neighbourhood – my home is less than 0,5 km from Arcada 😀 and I go and shopping in Arabia outlet sometimes. Now I understand where you got the picture of Moomins to the notes of our reflection.


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