Problem-Based Learning in Theological Education


Life has many problems, and theology offers a pathway to many solutions.   That is why Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a fantastic pedagogical proposal for theological educators. 

This course aims to enrich your teaching and learning toolkit with a simple methodology that will help you bless your students with learning that relates deeply to their experience.  

In addition to a brief theoretical section, this 10 hour online course will also guide you practically in designing and delivering a PBL lesson in theology and in collecting feedback that will help you reflect on your practice. 

Course Outcomes

The main aim of this course is to give you a new tool in your pedagogical toolkit, through which you can motivate and stimulate your students with learning that relates deeply to their experience.

Course content
  • Turning pedagogy around: 
  • The roots of PBL in Dewey
  • PBL in Jesus' teaching
  • A few caveats
  • Using PBL in teaching
  • Other uses of PBL


This course is written by Dr Marvin Oxenham.   Marvin is the ICETE Academy Director, General Secretary of the ECTE and Programme Leader for the MA in Theological Education programme at the London School of Theology. He lives in Rome, Italy.  His fields of expertise are in educational philosophy, character education, accreditation and online education. 

Delivery mode

This is a self-paced online course.


10 hours of learning.

ICETE Academy points

10 points.

Completion requirements

You will need to complete the learning sections, produce a personal learning plan and pass a quiz assessing your basic knowledge and understanding of the course topics.

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