Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The PAN-PBL Association of Problem-Based Learning and Active Learning Methodologies is proud to announce its first immersive virtual international conference, to take place on a virtual platform on July 12-13, 2019. We encourage individuals, schools, and institutions to submit proposals in the field of problem-based learning and other active learning methodologies, reflecting the conference theme: “Hello future! Reinventing education”.

English is the official language of the conference, but we encourage submissions also in Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese, etc. Text abstract proposals can be submitted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.

If accepted, the final video presentation can be prepared in any language if subtitled in English. Authors of the accepted proposals will have online support in May 2019 to learn how to record their videos for the conference using regular, computer or cell phone cameras, and learn how to subtitle presentations using free software.

For the final presentations, authors may create a more elaborated or creative video on their own. But if they want to make it simple, just talking in front of a camera and showing a powerpoint, if willing to, they will be able to record it directly in the PANPBL Youtube creator studio with our support. It is like making a Skype, Hangouts or Zoom video call.

Submissions of text abstracts are open from September 10th until January 30, 2019.


Conference Strands and Perspectives

Proposals can be related to the strands (tracks) and perspectives described below, in a wide variety of formats of presentation and interaction:

Conference Strands (Tracks)

  • Health and Medicine

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Teaching Education (Higher and Basic)

  • Professional Development

  • Student’s perspective in K-12 or Higher Ed classroom experiences

  • Makers and doers


  • Project-, Challenge- and Team-Based Learning

  • Construction of Engaging Problems

  • Hands-on and Learn-by-doing

  • Assessment and evidence-based

  • Technology Enabled

  • Design

  • Concept Mapping

  • Case study

  • Creative Learning

  • Systemic active learning approach

Formats of Proposals

Four types of sessions will be hosted in an immersive virtual platform (Immersive Terf®), and the following formats of presentation and interactive proposals are welcome:


Panel Discussions and Symposia are 90-minute sessions comprised of 10-12 minutes video-presentations presented by 3 to 5 individuals who address a common theme or topic in PBL or other Active Learning Method. 30 minutes will be reserved for questions and discussion at the end of the session.


Workshops are 90-minute small-group interactive sessions that focus on a specific PBL or Active Learning Method intervention or assessment emphasizing the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc. The workshop sessions will be immersive, synchronous, through Terf®. Using avatars, up to 20 participants and the workshop provider will be able to interact with each other, talking, listening and writing inside the platform.



Paper presentations are reports about research and/or the implementation and application of PBL or Active Learning Methods. These are 90-minute sessions comprised of 10-12 minutes video-presentations, presented by 3 to 5 individuals. The session will be organized by the scientific committee with the accepted proposals. 30 minutes will be reserved for questions and discussion at the end of the session.


Posters are visual and graphic representations, and Prototypes are original models of products, processes, and public policies that can be tested before confirming its functionality. Proposals should refer to research and/or the implementation and application of PBL or Active Learning Methods. Each presenter must prepare a Poster or an image of a Prototype in a PDF format that will be hanged in a virtual wall inside the PAN-PBL Virtual Conference Center. The audience will come around and interact freely with the author.

Submission Guidelines

General Guidelines and Submission Information

    • Submissions can be made by written texts or by short videos.

Text abstract submissions guidelines

    • Abstract of proposals will be accepted with a maximum of 500 words, in a PDF format.

Video abstract submissions guidelines and tips

    • Video-abstracts will be accepted with a maximum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 4 GB.

    • Video-Abstracts will be accepted in any language if subtitled in English.

    • There are many free and easy-to-use tools to create nice videos on your own.

    • To learn how to create and edit your videos, take a look in the Crowd Learning Hub and the page “20 Best Free Video Editing Software Tools in 2018“.

    • You can record your proposal through the built-in camera of your computer, by recording your computer screens, or by recording videos through cameras or your cell phone.

General guidelines

  • An international panel of reviewers will review all abstracts anonymously.

  • There is no fee for submitting an abstract.

  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts you may submit. However an individual may not present more than 4 papers/posters/workshops, and a proposal may not have more than 8 authors.

  • All video-presentations accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in the private PAN-PBL Youtube Channel and it is mandatory to agree to this at the time of submission.

The Submission Guidelines and Process

  • After reading all the guidelines, start your text submission (or video) by creating an account at, through the button available below.

  • In the platform you must include the following information:

    • Select the format for your presentation (Panel/Workshop/Paper/Poster).

    • State the title of your proposal.

    • Select the preferred Strand (Track) and Perspective.

    • Provide an abstract of up to 100 words. (This will be available to the participants  in the program, allowing them to choose the sessions that they want to participate).

    • Provide three keywords to index your presentation.

    • Provide the full name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address of the corresponding author.

    • Provide the full name, institutional affiliation, and email address of all the co-authors (if the case).

    • For review purposes, upload a short a text abstract with a maximum of 500 words.

Video-Abstract and Text Submission Guidelines

  • Text or Video-abstract submissions must be structured with the following:

    • Background

    • Methods / Description of the Experience

    • Results

    • Conclusions

File formats accepted for text abstracts

  • .PDF

File formats accepted for video-abstracts

  • .MP4 (MPEG-4 Video File)

  • .AVI (Audio Video Interleave File)

  • .3GP (3GPP Multimedia File)

  • .WEBM (WebM Video File)

  • .MKV (Matroska Video File)

  • .MOV (Apple QuickTime Movie)

  • .MPG (MPEG Video File)

  • .FLV (Animate Video File)

  • .M4V (iTunes Video File)

Conference Proceedings and IJPBL

Accepted proposals are not obliged to submit full papers. But authors are encouraged to submit full papers to the PBL2019 Conference Proceedings by June 1st, 2019 if willing to get the publication.

The PAN-PBL Association of Problem-Based Learning and Active Learning Methodologies with the IJPBL – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning are proud to announce that selected papers of the PBL2019 will be published in a special issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning in 2020.

Notifications of Acceptance

The scientific committee, appointed by the PAN-PBL Executive Board, will review all proposals. Two referees will review each proposal. The Scientific Committee plans to notify corresponding authors of its decisions by March 20, 2019.