Institute for Advanced Study in PBL 

Institute for Advanced Study in PBL 

The Institute for Advanced Study in PBL (IAS PBL) is a cross-faculty unit that aims to strengthen the quality and development of PBL research and practice across AAU. 

IAS PBL will function as a hub for research, knowledge sharing, competence development, collaboration and experiments with PBL. As a hub for research, development and knowledge sharing, a central task for IAS PBL is to engage and work closely with local environments in all faculties, departments, and organisational units.  

AAU’s pedagogical approach is firmly rooted in PBL and we share a commitment to maintain, strengthen and develop the Aalborg PBL model to benefit students, researchers, staff and the surrounding community. By linking and bringing together researchers, research groups, pedagogical development, support and strategic initiatives, IAS PBL will be at the centre of the ongoing facilitation of this ambition in close collaboration with the rest of AAU.   

In the autumn of 2022, IAS PBL will move into the new Science and Innovation Hub, and we are looking forward to all of IAS PBL being brought physically together.  

IAS PBL brings together researchers and staff from all faculties and includes existing research groups and organisational units: UCPBL, KiLD, CDUL, Learning Lab, Megaprojects as well as the functions of the PBL academy. 

Research groups and organisational units


    The overall strategic goal of the Aalborg UNESCO PBL Centre is to facilitate universities, and other higher education institutions, to take an active role in educating engineers and scientists so they can participate in and contribute to the development of sustainable solutions to the present and emerging social, economic and environmental challenges.

    Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the Auspices of UNESCO

  • KILD

    The Knowledge Group Communication, IT and Learning Design (KILD) explores how digital technologies are used to develop new learning processes in a digital network society.

    Communication, IT and Learning Design

  • CDUL

    CDUL provides digital perspectives on problem-based learning, and we are always available for pedagogic and didactic discussions about how to implement digital solutions in your teachings.

    Center for Digitally Supported Learning

  • Learning Lab

    Learning Lab empowers staff to fulfill Aalborg University's commitment to excellence in higher education teaching and learning. We are uniquely placed in our work with University teachers where we build on current tertiary teaching research to identify and evaluate trends, apply best practice and aim at addressing gaps in the University's delivery of higher education practices.

  • Megaprojects

    Megaprojects consist of interdisciplinary projects ranging across the whole university and involving a large number of students working together. All projects are based on global problems as formulated in the un’s 17 sustainable development goals.

    Interdisciplinary Projects

  • PBL Journal

    The mission of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education (JPBLHE) is to publish rigorous research related to problem-based learning in higher education.

    Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education