"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.

Aalborg University

Aalborg University - across all engineering and science programs





Anette Kolmos


How would you describe your PBL?

Problem-based, problem-oriented,project-based or project-organised

What is most important to your PBL?

How is PBL implemented?

PBL is implemented institution wide in all programs at the engineering and science faculties

How do students acquire principles of discipline?

Students learn disciplinary knowledge in the courses and in the projects. At each semester there will be three disciplinary courses of which some of these courses will support the learning in the projects. But most of the learning of disciplinary knowledge will be in the projects where the students will relate different disciplinary areas to each other when analysing and solving the problems.

How is student learning facilitated within PBL?

Students are responsible for their own project process - and they will call for meeting with an agenda. The students have normally send drafts for chapters in the report to comment on. The supervisors/facilitators give response to the subject and project questions and get an update on the project management process.

Program Overview

Institution Type:


Degree Type:

ISCED 4: Post-secondary non-tertiary education
ISCED 5: Short-cycle tertiary education (Associate's or equivalent)

Program Length:

Five Years

Semesters in which PBL is Used:

Semesters 1-10

Hours per week on Project:


PBL Overview

Problem structure:

Moderately structured

Formulation of problems:

AAU use all types of problems: autentic, faculty created - but most of the problems are designed in a way where students have to analyse the problem in order to identify the core problem which will be solved in the projects.

Team composition selection:

Student choice

Projects assigned by:

Student choice

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

Rooms owned by team for semester

Degree of Interdisciplinarity:


Role of instructor:


Unique Features

PBL curriculum at a systemic level from 1-10th semester

Focus on learning PBL competences

Student driven problems and team based

Facilitated by academic staff

Facilitated by physical space and digital means

Assessment Methods

Written Exams

Oral Exams

Classroom Presentations


Performance Tasks


How assessment is implemented :

Individual assessment in a team-based project exam