"Profiles in PBL" is a web database where PBL engineering programs from around the world share the details of their PBL programs. Our goal is to showcase more than 100 PBL profiles. The profiles will serve as inspiration for PBL programs to learn from one another and for engineering educators world-wide who are considering PBL. This database has been developed in collaboration between The Aalborg UNESCO Centre and Iron Range Engineering, Itasca Community College.

KLE Technological University



Hubballi, Karnataka, India



Gopalkrishna Joshi


How would you describe your PBL?


What is most important to your PBL?

Product and Process

How is PBL implemented?

Central to all learning in a course

How do students acquire principles of discipline?

Engineering Exploration has the following modules: Engineering Design Process, Platform Based Development, Mechanisms, Data Acquisition and Sensing, Project Management, Ethics and Sustainability. The knowledge and skills required are delivered in Engineering Exploration Studio through active and collaborative learning practices. The module on Engineering Design focuses on the importance of engineering design process and exposes students to the phases of engineering design process. Platform based development module gives systemic view in terms of “sensing – actuation – control” and introduces students to Arduino. Sensing and Controlling concepts introduced through this module. Students start using breadboard and general purpose PCB through a set of activities designed. It is through the module on Mechanisms students get to know the mathematics and physics of mechanisms and learn how to harness mechanical power to accomplish desired tasks. Remaining modules while playing their roles bring sense of completeness to the course. The course has a project to be done by students working in team. A set of need statements are shared with students in the beginning of the semester. Students chose need statements and are guided in a structured way to carve out problem definitions. Students are expected to follow Engineering Design Process and develop PoC for the problem statement that they have carved out for the given need statement. The entire flow of the modules is aligned such that the knowledge and skills required in designing solution for the problem statement are offered to learner phase wise.

How is student learning facilitated within PBL?

A team of faculty members from multiple engineering disciplines are involved in designing the course on “Engineering Exploration” which is co-taught by the team.. The following three types of facilities created constitute the learning ecosystem of the course: Engineering Exploration Studio: This is the space where required knowledge and skills as articulated in the course outcomes are delivered to students following active and collaborative learning pedagogy.

Program Overview

Institution Type:


Degree Type:

ISCED 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education

Program Length:

Four Years

Semesters in which PBL is Used:

Semester One/Two

Hours per week on Project:


PBL Overview

Problem structure:

Moderately structured

Formulation of problems:

Students formulate the problems for the chosen need statements following a structured approach.

Team composition selection:

Academic staff with student input

Projects assigned by:

Academic staff with student input

How is space dedicated to student teams for problem/project completion?

Space that can be reserved/shared by teams

Degree of Interdisciplinarity:


Role of instructor:


Unique Features

The first PBL experience for the freshman engineering students

Focuses on Engineering Problem Solving and multi-disciplinary thinking

Engineering Design Process is the core of PBL

550 students are involved and about 140 projects are done by student teams

Introduction of Agile practices

Assessment Methods

Classroom Presentations



How assessment is implemented :

Mixture of individual and group assessment