Pan-American Network
for Problem-Based Learning

PBL 2012 to be held in Cali, Colombia

Cali, Colombia will be the site for the seventh annual PBL International Conference on July 4-6, 2012. Problem-Based Learning is an important educational movement that stresses the central role of students in the learning experience. Confronted with significant and challenging problems, students are motivated to develop their knowledge base and apply it in a rich interdisciplinary context. The conference will provide an introduction to PBL for new participants and an opportunity to expand their knowledge of this powerful pedagogy for those who are already using PBL in their classrooms. Special strands in the conference will be dedicated to the use of PBL in engineering and health sciences.
Cali is the heart of the beautiful Valle del Cauca, a rich agricultural region nestled in the Andean mountains. Universidad Autonoma de Occidente and Pontificia Universidad de Javeriana are serving as joint hosts for the conference. Each campus boasts modern facilities with the latest in technological systems, including state-of-the-art simulation laboratories and digital studios. The campuses are aesthetically pleasing with open spaces for conversation and reflection, surrounded by rich tropical gardens. The city of Cali is a major success story in Latin America in overcoming the civil unrest of the 1990s to establish a peaceful and prosperous economy. Cali has an international airport that provides direct flights to Asia, Europe, and the Americas. It is ideally situated for those who may want to extend their visit from Cali to the rich cultural treasures of Cartagena, the scientific heritage of the Galapagos Islands, or the abundant biodiversity of the Amazon region.

PBL 2012 is sponsored by the Pan American Network for Problem-Based Learning ( ). The International Organizing Committee includes Ulisses Araujo, University of Sao Paulo; Peter Bouhuys, Maastricht University; Luis Bretel, PBL Consultant from Lima, Peru; David Chapman, Samford University; Patricia Marsteller, Emory University; Glen O’Grady, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore; and Mark Serva, University of Delaware. To be placed on an email list and get conference updates, please contact Carlos Fernando Vega, the conference director, at

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Last updated 20
December 2010.