Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and Project-Based Learning (PjBL) in a Continuously Improving Chemical Engineering Laboratory Experience


  • Carlos Landaverde-Alvarado The University of Texas at Austin



We redesigned our undergraduate laboratories to create a structured sequence that continuously improves the learning experience of students. We utilized a PBL and PjBL approach in which students are progressively introduced to ill-structured open-ended problems, the development of projects, and the creation of research products. We dynamically evaluate course content using a continuous improvement framework to ensure the laboratories promote the development of skills required by the work environment and effectively serve all program stakeholders.

Author Biography

Carlos Landaverde-Alvarado, The University of Texas at Austin

Carlos Landaverde-Alvarado is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD and MEng degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Boston University, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Cañas (UCA) in El Salvador. His research focus is on understanding how students learn and develop the capabilities required in the professional practice of engineering





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