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Characteristics of Wake/UTD PBL

Our unique approach to Inquiry-Based Learning includes the use of both Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning strategies.  Below are key distinctions of each strategy.


Problem-Based Learning

  • Tends to target fewer standards (Activity Level)
  • Problem communicated through a scenario
  • Establishes real-world connection through "roles" students play in addressing the problem
  • Emphasis on the problem and solution paths students take


Project-Based Learning

  • Tends to address more standards (Unit Level)
  • Problem communicated through a real-world formatted document (Ex. Request for Proposal)
  • Establishes real-world connections through the use of project management skills
  • Emphasis on the process and application of content through a complex product


Problem and Project-Based Learning both provide an experience in which learners access not only content and skills relevant to the course but also skills and attitudes relevant to college and career readiness.  Through PBL, learners develop and strengthen an understanding of content by engaging in design, inquiry, and creativity.  


"Using PBL in my classroom allows me to encourage my students to trust themselves, question what they think they know, and discover new material without relying on information from me to move them along." - Kimberly Campbell

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Mailing Address:
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157

Physical Address:
Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education
475 Vine Street

Winston Salem, NC 27101

Phone: 336.713.2708
Email: wfpbl@wakehealth.edu