Problem Based Learning


Models and Roles

PBL Roles

There are usually three main roles that are essential for a PBL group to function:

  • Chair (to allow everyone to be heard and to focus on the process)
  • Timekeeper (to remind everyone of the focus on task)
  • Scribe (to record decisions, task allocations, information reported back etc)

These roles may be rotated over time (for example, weekly) and other roles may also be added as appropriate.
Consider customising roles to a particular setting/discipline/context. For example in a PBL scenario in a fashion  course you might decide to have  roles of:

  • Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Product Manager
  • Merchandiser
  • Design Assistant





CPD Opportunities

Interested in an introductory PBL workshop?

Please get in touch with UTA at

Suggested CPD activities:

Engage with the resources about and reflect on what you have discovered and learnt.

Develop your ideas around by considering actions you can take to enhance your practice.

Consider using a portfolio to capture your reflections and share with others.

flex You might want to consider engaging with these activities and gaining CPD experience or academic credits with the FLEX scheme »

MMU Strategy and Policy

Manchester Met Education Strategy and Learning and Teaching Principles

Principle 1: "We will provide an excellent learning environment and outstanding student experience"

Principle 2:
"MMU provides an innovative, flexible, sustainable, enterprising and internationalised curriculum."