PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Hal White is a feature editor for this journal (BAMBED), specializing in problem-based learning (PBL).11 He is also a professor of biochemistry at the University of Delaware and director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program. Professor White is acknowledged as a leader in PBL implementation, and this site describes the efforts of a committed team at Delaware. Since 1992, 250 members of the Delaware faculty have been trained in PBL to currently tutor 3,000 undergraduate students involved in PBL projects. This is a scale of application that is likely to be unique, so Delaware is an obvious case study to review if you want to learn more of the PBL approach. You might start by choosing Sample PBL Problems, and this will present a number of discipline-specific examples including Biochemistry. The case titled Sick Kids with an Unusual Organic Aciduria is a straightforward one for looking at classical inherited disorders. There are numerous links to PBL literature and other resources from this website. Of course you should also read Professor White's contributions to this journal to extend your familiarity with PBL.