Problem Based Learning has been an important part of ACS Distance Education since the early 1980’s. We know that a successful course is more than a collection of information within a discipline. It must also enhance students’ broad appreciation of the discipline and develop their capacity to apply their knowledge and skills to whatever real life problems they may face.

Good learning is about the journey (the process of proceeding through a course) as well as the destination (final assessment and successful completion of the course).

PBL may take students on unfamiliar paths or unexpected paths. As experienced educators and professionals, we have designed courses to take students through experiences that will enhance their learning. Some students will only recognise the value of those experiences after they have gone through part of the course, or completed it, so PBL may initially require a degree of faith in the expertise of the School and its Tutors.