Comparative Analysis of Challenge-Based Learning Experiences
Paper in proceedings, 2015

A challenge-based learning experience is a learning experience where the learning takes places through the identification, analysis and design of a solution to a sociotechnical problem. It is typically multidisciplinary, takes place in an international context and aims to find a solution, which is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Challenge-based learning has become a buzzword in the last decade, following the US National Academy of Engineering creation of a list of “grand challenges” for engineering for the 21th century. Since then, many universities have introduced challenge-based learning in their educational offerings. However, there has so far been little overview or comparison of possible implementation of challenge-based learning experiences. This paper aims to address this gap by reviewing and comparing four selected challenge-based learning experiences. We identify commonalities and unique traits amongst them and identify avenues for future development in this area.

Challenge-based learning

Social Responsibility




Johan Malmqvist

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Kamilla Kohn Rådberg

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics

Ulrika Lundqvist

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

Proceedings of the 11th International CDIO Conference, Chengdu, China

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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