Teaching Sports Biomechanics using PBL

This workshop will present a model of Problem-based Learning (PBL) that supports the best practices of biomechanics teaching and learning, including facilitating the development of problem-solving skills, group work and oral and written communication skills in the field of biomechanics. PBL is a learner-centered teaching approach in which students work over a period of time on a multi-faceted task that involves engaging with complex issues, solving problems, or meeting particular challenges from the real world (Buck Institute for Education, n.d.). To communicate their learning, students develop a solution to a problem or a product.


This workshop will have three core elements:

An asynchronous online learning activity for all workshop participants where you will learn about the basics of PBL and prepare learning objectives for a PBL problem you wish to create for a course you teach.

A two-hour synchronous workshop where you will work in a small group with a dedicated facilitator to develop a PBL problem for a course you teach.

A follow-up optional submission of your PBL project for review and potential publication in the ISBS repository as an open education resource package.


This workshop will discuss the guiding principles and strategies involved in using PBL when teaching learners in the field of sport biomechanics and illustrate them through sample problems. Adaptations of these problems for a range of levels, and teaching contexts will be discussed. Working in small groups, workshop participants will discuss how to apply the proposed principles and strategies in their own teaching and have the option to

submit and publish their problems to the sports biomechanics community at large.