Pan-American Network for Problem-Based Learning

Mission Statement

PAN-PBL promotes problem-based learning in K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional education throughout the Americas by providing PBL training and resource materials in Spanish and English, consulting with institutions that wish to implement PBL, and assisting in the organization of an international conference every two years. For more information on PAN-PBL, its services, and its publications, please see the main site.


PAN-PBL was conceived by members of the University of Delaware and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú during its ALO/USAID project to promote the use of PBL in math and science education in Perú. The Network was created in Lima, Perú on December 9, 2004 at the first meeting of the organizing committee for PBL2006 and witnessed by representatives of university hosts of previous international PBL conferences in the Americas (document).

Next International Conference

The PBL2016 conference will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from September 8-10, 2016. The topic will be "Innovation in Teaching and Learning." Please see the event site for more information.

International PBL Conferences

PBL2000: Promises, Breakthroughs, and Lessons Learned

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Samford University

PBL2002: A Pathway to Better Learning

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

University of Delaware

PBL2004: Pleasure by Learning

Mayan Riviera - Cancún, México   

Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)

PBL2006: Connecting Learning to the Real World   

Lima, Perú

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

PBL2008: Learning without Limits

Colima, México 

Universidad de Colima

PBL2010: Connecting people, ideas, and communities

São Paulo, Brazil
8-11 February 2010

University of São Paulo

PBL2012: Where Imagination Meets Knowledge

Cali, Colombia
4-6 July 2012

Universidad Autonoma de Occidente;

Pontificia Universidad de Javeriana

PBL2014: From Text to Context

Concepciòn, Chile
15-17 January 2014

Universidad del Bìo Bìo

PBL2016: Innovation for Teaching and Learning

São Paulo, Brazil
8-10 September 2016

Centro Paula Souza

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Last updated 25 September 2015.