This interactive online course offers theoretical lessons and practical exercises to better understand and apply the Collaborative Problem-Based Learning methodology (CPBL). It also provides technical skills to effectively design and run simulation-based exercises with role-players.



At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate the most effective training and presentation techniques offered by the Collaborative Problem-based Learning approach;
  • Identify and develop their personal training and presentation style;
  • Adapt their training and presentation styles to different learning styles;
  • Describe the learning cycle and maximize the learning experience of their students through the Problem-based Learning approach;
  • Identify the main steps of Instructional Design for creating and running effective training programs with realistic scenario-based simulations;

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This course is delivered entirely online. It combines tutor-led online webinars and training session with self-paced components, such as background reading, presentations tasks and assignments.
Participants are primarily responsible for their own learning. The format allows for live interaction among participants during the tutor-led online webinars and discussions in the online forum.

No special software is required; participants only need an internet connection and a microphone to connect to the audio through the computer, or a telephone to participate.

Participation in the live webinars is required.

Average workload: 40 hours for the course (this estimate is based on an average of past courses)

The tutor is Dr Marshall Conley, who has delivered training, capacity building and evaluations in 57 countries. He has previously delivered online courses on different subjects such as Security for Peace Operations Personnel, Early Warning, DDR, and Conflict Analysis.

Dr Conley is an internationally recognised trainer of civilian, police, and military peace operations personnel.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Adult learning and various learning and styles
  • Collaborative problem-based learning methodology (CPBL)
  • Development of a Facilitator's CPBL Toolbox
  • Designing Interactive Training – Know your needs and your clientele
  • Designing and running scenarios, simulations and exercises with role-players;
  • Developing a Lesson Plan, Learning Objectives, and Facilitator Notes;
  • What is Critical Thinking and why is it important for training purposes?
  • Practical Case Study to be developed by participants
  • Evaluating Training and some best practices examples.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

The course is suitable for civilian, police and military United Nations and affiliated organizations; international NGO staff; and, those wishing to improve their training skills.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

Course fees USD 1,000 which includes inter-action with a tutor through webinars as well as individual feedback from the tutor on each of the assignments.

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