Problem-Based Learning

Student Performance Objectives:


PHY 311 Course Syllabus

Problem-Based Learning:

Problem-Based Learning (A PowerPoint Presentation)

PBL Creation Scoring

Problem-Based Learning Interaction Guidelines

Know-Need to Know-How to Find Out form (editable MSWord document)

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has developed a vision for student success in the new global economy. It is these skills that are so admirably promoted with the use of Problem-Based Learning.


"A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet.... After completing a longer term WebQuest, a learner would have analyzed a body of knowledge deeply, transformed it in some way, and demonstrated an understanding of the material by creating something to which others can respond." Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University. The WebQuest Page at SDSU

County Board Dilemma: A Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in Your Community? A WebQuest

County Board Dilemma: A Nuclear Power Plant in Your County? A WebQuest

County Board Dilemma: A Wind Farm in Your Neighborhood? A WebQuest

Office of the Governor: Energy Future of the State of Illinois


Olympic Dilemma: A Double Amputee in the Olympics?

PBL Rubrics:

Your expert essay should reflect the processes and procedures of critical thinking; your oral presentation should reflect critical thinking dispositions.

Expert Essay Scoring Rubric

Oral Presentation Scoring Rubric

Peer Participation Scoring Rubric

PBL’s on the Internet

Rendezvous with a Comet - A curriculum guide for the Challenger Learning Centers
Rendezvous with a Comet WebQuest (both created in cooperation with the ISU Physics Department)

Design a Space Alien - a WebQuest within Rendezvous with a Comet

Voyage to Mars - A curriculum guide for the Challenger Learning Centers
Voyage to Mars WebQuest (both created in cooperation with the ISU Physics Department)

Extreme Travel Adventure Challenge - a WebQuest within Voyage to Mars

IMSA's PBL Web site (see especially Cosmic Collisions)

Contact Lenses: How Do They Work?

How can we Best Achieve Scientific Literacy?

Creation Science in the Classroom?

Continue Funding the International Space Station?

Achieving Scientific Literacy

A Day in the Life of John Henry, A Traffic Cop

Hip Bone Replacement The Importance of Circles, Elipses, and Parabolas Physics of Summer Olympics Bhopal Industrial Disaster Rollercoaster Physics! Learning About Electromagnets Using Satellites and GPS to Find Hidden Treasure The Laws of Motion and Theme Park Rides Building Hot Air Balloons Light Waves and the Color Spectrum Simple Machines Planning, Budgeting, and Building a Bridge Designing a Rollercoaster An Electrifying Experience Exploring Black Holes Mr. Ripley's Quest for Newton's laws Web-Site

Other PBL Internet Resources

University of Delaware PBL Site

Return to PHY 311 Course Outline

(Last updated 4/30/2010, cjw)