Welcome to PBL and Mixed Methods

In this PhD course there will be focus on research design for how to study problem- and project-based learning by applying a mixed methods approach. Mixed methods are a comprehensive research design applying both qualitative and quantitative methods which can be combined in various ways depending on the research questions.

The course will start by focusing on formulation of research questions in a PBL curriculum, followed by introduction to mixed methods designs and the advantages and disadvantages by different mixed methods combinations.

The participants will work on a research design for one of four cases that will be presented to the participants. There will also be possibility to work on own research questions as well as research designs.

There will be pre-tasks before the course will start. This will be sent out just after deadline for the course. And there will be a final reflection on the research design.


Creswell, J. W. (2013). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, 4th Edition (4th edition ed.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Kolmos, A., & de Graaff, E. (2014). Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning in Engineering Education. In Merging Models (pp. 141-161): Cambridge University Press.

Strobel, J., & Van Barneveld, A. (2009). When is PBL more effective? A meta-synthesis of meta-analyses comparing PBL to conventional classrooms. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 3(1), 4.

Tashakkori, A., & Creswell, J. W. (2007). Exploring the nature of research questions in mixed methods research. In: Sage Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA.

Organizers: Anette Kolmos ak@plan.aau.dk , Jette Holgaard jeh@plan.aau.dk

Lecturers: Anette Kolmos, Jette Holgaard, Diana Steentoft and Thomas Ryberg


Time: 13-15 May 2019, starting at 9:00 each day

Place: AAU, Aalborg, Rendsburggade 6, room 6.171

City: 9000 Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.