A fresh glance: What students perceive they learn through PBL, and how this relates to normative and operative competence goals

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


In the third part of the session the authors will present the results from an in-depth, multi-source qualitative study with students from various programs at Aalborg University. Participants over one semester reflected on their perceived competences and developments, using multiple tools such as digital portfolio, mind maps and chats, and attended three face-to-face discussion workshops with the research team. All material gathered throughout this was analyzed in contrast to normative descriptions of the study programs, and also to existing evidence of students’ competence acquisitions in PBL-curricula from quantitative survey studies. First results show that students for one don’t see PBL as the guiding principle for their competence acquisition but are steered by other (life-)events, and also that in the students’ eyes learning is even stronger related towards labor-market affordances than the intended learning outcomes of the respective programs assumed.
Period28 Oct 2019
Event titleThe Higher Education Conference: The Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Organising
Event typeConference
LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Problem-based learning
  • Technology
  • Competences
  • Digitalization
  • Digital tools
  • students
  • reflections