Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
SIG Chair


Dear Problem-based Education SIG members,

In the past 12 months, the education sector across the globe has been faced with a series of major challenges that epitomise what Horst Rittel framed in the 1970s as 'wicked problems'. By their very nature, they do not have easy solutions but, by researching the best ways to educate our students to think critically and to collaboratively problem-solve within supportive learning communities, our SIG has much to contribute. 

Please accept my sincerest thanks for electing me to the post of SIG Chair. I am excited to work with the SIG’s continuing leadership team members, Andy Walker (Programme Chair) and Bee Leng Chua (Communications Officer) and welcome our incoming Secretary/Treasurer, Liz Bergeron. 

On behalf of the entire SIG community, let me pass on our enormous gratitude to Lisette Wijnia (outgoing Chair) and Sara Abercrombie (outgoing Secretary/Treasurer). We look forward to their continued contributions to the SIG’s activities. 

The ongoing research by our SIG members into new ways to enhance and adapt problem-based and project-based learning with educational technologies has been vitally important in the recent period of ‘emergency remote teaching’ (Hodges et al , 2020). Our research base in this area is proving timely in supporting colleagues who are adapting to and planning for various forms of flexible and hybrid modes across all educational sectors in the coming academic year; however, more research is needed. Do continue sharing your excellent work with our SIG through the annual AERA conference and through avenues such as the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Education (IJPBL). Please share your latest research with our Communications Officer, Bee Leng Chua, for promotion and remember to use the SIG twitter account @AeraPBE to promote your work as soon as it is published! 

SIG changes ahead… 

Thank you for responding to Lisette’s March 2020 online poll to inform the SIG’s future directions. As a result, Lisette and I have submitted a request to AERA to change the SIG name to Problem-based and project-based Leaning (PBL/PjBL) as per the majority response. 

On behalf of our leadership team, I have also submitted two Award Petitions to AERA's SIG Executive Committee - ‘Outstanding Graduate Student Award’ and ‘Best Paper Award’. We warmly welcome Krista Glazewski (IJPBL Coeditor) as the proposed incoming Chair of our SIG Awards Committee - thank you Krista! 

I encourage our SIG members to be proactive in disseminating their research and innovations in problem-based and project-based learning to support the many educators seeking to engage their students in active approaches online - this is our research community’s time to shine! 

Susan Bridges 
Chair, PBE

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