PBL, PrBL & TBL Resources

In preparation for a workshop that I will be conducting in the Kyrgyz Republic for Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) in September, I screened a few references. Here is a short list of links to further information on Problem-Based, Project-Based and Team-Based Learning.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) – http://citl.illinois.edu/citl-101/teaching-learning/resources/teaching-strategies/problem-based-learning-(pbl)

Center for Teaching and Learning (University of Alberta) – https://www.ualberta.ca/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/services/teaching-development/instructional-resources/course-design-tutorials/instructional-strategies-for-student-learning/problem-based-learning

Project-Based Learning (PrBL)
Buck Institute for Education – https://www.bie.org/

Edutopia (PrBL pages) – https://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning

Team-Based Learning (TBL)
Introduction to TBL (4-page pdf)

Team-Based Learning Collaborative – www.teambasedlearning.org/

TBL Video – vimeo.com/51713733

I hope this is helpful to workshop participants and others.

Slowing Down – Easy to say when you are on sabbatical

I found this short posting on the CUBE Diary before we opened our doors in 2009.


I was searching for photos for my daughter’s yearbook. Each of the 12th graders get one full page. It is funny how we leave traces of ourselves here and there like breadcrumbs. Seriously enjoying a slower pace now that I am in my third week of a year-long sabbatical at the University of Victoria in Canada. Funny thing is that I am getting more done now in roughly six hours a day than I normally do in 10 or 12 hours a day.

Change Management Video – Heath Brothers

We have been introducing ideas from the book Switch by Chip and Dan Heath in classes at the Hirao School of Management (CUBE) for some time now. At CUBE, we approach management in a wide sense, including concepts such as project management, time management and self-management. Every two years I lead a project on Appreciative Inquiry and Change Management, and this semester I have one group who is working on invigorating the curriculum in our department and another group working on improved structure for our self-access language learning center (English O-Zone). The video below was sent out by the Heath brothers in their newsletter, and could not have come at a better time. This framework includes some useful ideas for bringing about change and making it stick. Cheers.


Teachers who practice ‘mindfulness’ are better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center.

Ema Ushioda at JALTCALL 2015

As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to post a link to Ema Ushioda’s talk at JALTCALL 2015. Ema Ushioda has done some extraordinary work on second language learning motivation with Zoltan Dornyei, and is at the cutting edge in this area. Missing her talk was one of my biggest regrets in missing this year’s conference.