Challenge Based Learning

By ACS Distance Education on December 20, 2023 in Education & Jobs Success | comments

Challenge based learning (CBL) is the idea of solving real world problems in educational courses. It does not apply to students only, teachers, families and other members of the community can also be involved. CBL involves identifying a question or idea or problem, then finding ways to solve a problem or answer a question, based on a real world situation.

CBL has been listed as one of the educational trends for 2023. However, at ACS, we have been using CBL for decades.  In our courses, we challenge students to –

  • Develop their learning and understanding of topics based on real world learning.
  • Connect with people and places in the real world, beyond their desk and computer.
  • Explore their chosen subject deeper and broader by encountering and applying knowledge in a diversity of contexts
  • Use real world scenarios to answer questions or solve problems.
  • Consider problems facing different industries today and apply what they learn to construct optional solutions to those problems.
  • Apply that knowledge and understanding with the world around them.

CBL can be used in any industry, developing innovative ideas in education, entertainment, tourism, writing, horticulture, agriculture and more.  With ACS, for example, a student might be asked to 

  • develop an effective environment to grow crops
  • develop a permaculture garden that is effective for their needs
  • work out a system for effective hydroponics
  • develop precise and clear technical writing to explain how to use a particular piece of equipment or perform a particular task
  • understanding the opportunities now available with technology, such as blockchain, AI etc.

These are just some examples, but with ACS, our courses, our tutors and our students are all encouraged to use their learning, education and experience towards answering the challenges of the world around us – basically CBL. 

Our CBL assignments are designed to stretch students to encourage them to learn more and expand their skills and understanding.  This is essential for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge and their job and career prospects in the future.

It is well-recognised today that learning is life-long. Learning is an ongoing process, where people continue to grow and develop understanding and knowledge throughout their lives. Challenge a student and their capacity to work in any industry is improved. This is something we have been doing for years now. Not all colleges or courses do this.