Case facilitation with problem-based learning (PBL) is the central teaching model at Aalborg University Medicine and Medicine with industrial specialization (MedIS).
The aim of problem-based learning is to facilitate learning in ways that mirror the professional practice. This has several advantages, including highlighting the applicability of the material being taught and facilitate active learning, which increases student motivation, engagement, and the final learning outcome.

A feature of problem-based case work is the use of problem triggers placed in a context, e.g., a medical phenomenon. Small groups of students work on the case together: 1) They analyse the problem, 2) identify learning issues for developing an adequate explanation for the phenomenon, 3) follow up with research, and 4) prepare the explanations. When required, they would also determine the course of treatment, action or solution that best address the phenomenon. Focus is on analyzing complex situations with limited information using acquired knowledge and deduction, and learning to understand causalities of biological systems, i.e., the link between symptoms, biological mechanism, clinical outcomes, and applied treatments.
In this way, not only do the students gain knowledge about professional practice, the also come into the mindset of a professional presented with a context to deal with. (Barrows & Tamblyn, 1980)

 The case facilitator has a central role in ensuring the optimal outcome of the case-sessions and can “make or break” the sessions. However, the teaching strategy of the case facilitator is vastly different from the role undertaken by a lecturer. Participants on this course will be given a solid introduction to case facilitation and the theoretical foundation. Additionally, it will be demonstrated how a case session can be held and a case solved. Finally, participants will partake in exercises which simulate case sessions to better understand the role of the case facilitator.

Contents of lectures:

·         Introduction and theoretical foundation of problem-based case work

·         The important role of the case facilitator

·         Practical organization of case sessions

·         Good practices in solving a medical case

·         Exercise: Case work in groups (all)

Notes, literature, and exercise instruction will be distributed at the course


Participants are expected to be active during the sessions and exercises.

Associate Professor Tue Bjerg Bennike, email:

Associate Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus
Research Assistant Nicolaj Johansson
Associate Professor Tue Bjerg Bennike

ECTS: 1.0

Time: 22 August 2022 (8.15-16.15)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7, room D2-106 - Face to face lectures

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 1 August 2022

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 3.000 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 four 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.