Publications and Research

The following bibliography includes an evolving list of publications and rtesearch that specifically explores Challenge Based Learning, is foundational to the framework or supports speific fundamental ideas and phases. Historically there have been critics that who claimed that the authors of CBL did not honor the foundations or history that led to the framework. To be clear CBL sees itself deeply in debt to the scholars and practioners of constructivist and experiential based learning. Without this foundational thinking most of the x-based learning approaches would not have emerged. CBL is no exception. We are indebted to those who came before us and those who emerged with us – we have no desire to compete, only to continue to push the thinking forward to create a culture of creative, critical and consciensious life long learners.

This is a living collection and we will add citations as we find them. If you have a publication or research paper you want included please use the form at the bottom of the page.

Challenge Based Learning

Binder, F. V. , Nichols, M. , Reinehr, S.,  & A. Malucelli, “Challenge Based Learning Applied to Mobile Software Development Teaching,” 2017 IEEE 30th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), Savannah, GA, 2017, pp. 57-64. doi: 10.1109/CSEET.2017.19 (Link)

Cheung, Ronald S; Cohen, Joseph P; Lo, Henry Z; Elia, Fabio. Challenge Based Learning in Cybersecurity Education Proceedings of the International Conference on Security and Management (SAM); Athens : 1-6. Athens: The Steering Committee of The World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing (WorldComp). (2011) http://world-comp.org/p2011/SAM5063.pdf

Conde, M.Á. , García-Peñalvo, F.J.,  Á Fidalgo-Blanco, & Sein- Echaluce, M.L. . “Can we apply learning analytics tools in challenge based learning contexts?” Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 10296 LNCS, pp. 242-256, 2017. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7751849/

Costa, A., Lucena, C.,  Lemos H.,  Carvalho, G., Fuks, H., & Venieris, R. (2018). Multidisciplinary groups learning to develop mobile applications from the challenge based learning methodology. 318-327. 10.1145/3266237.3266256. (PDF)

Fidalgo-Blanco, Á., Sein-Echaluce, M. L., & García-Peñalvo, F. J. (2016, September). Integration of the methods CBL and CBI for their application in the management of cooperative academic resources. In 2016 International Symposium on Computers in Education (SIIE) (pp. 1-6). IEEE.

Gama, K.,  Castor, F., Alessio, P., Neves,A., Arau ́jo, C.,  Formiga,R., Soares-Neto, F., and Oliveira, H. Combining Challenge-Based Learning and Design Thinking to Teach Mobile App Development. 48th Annual IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2018) (PDF)

Giorgio, T.D., & Brophy, S.P. “Challenge-based learning in biomedical engineering: a legacy cycle for biotechnology”. In: ASEE – Annual Conference Proceedings, pp. 2705-2711, 2001.

Johnson, L. &; Brown, S. 2011. Challenge Based Learning: The Report from the Implementation Project. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. https://www.learntechlib.org/p/49837/

Johnson, L.F., Smith, R.S., Smythe, J.T. &; Varon, R.K. 2009. Challenge-Based Learning: An Approach for Our Time. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. https://www.learntechlib.org/p/182083/ 

Malmqvist, J., Rådberg, K. K., & Lundqvist, U. (2015). Comparative analysis of challenge-based learning experiences. In Proceedings of the 11th International CDIO Conference, Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu, Sichuan, PR China. http://rick.sellens.ca/CDIO2015/final/14/14_Paper.pdf

Marin, C. ,Hargis, J., & C. Cavanaugh. “iPad learning ecosystem: developing challenge-based learning using design thinking”. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, vol. 14, n. 2, pp. 22-34, 2013.

Membrillo-Hernández, J., Ramírez-Cadena, M. , Caballero-Valdés, C., Ganem-Corvera, R., Bustamante-Bello, R. , Benjamín-Ordoñez, J.A. & Elizalde-Siller, H. “Challenge Based Learning: The Case of Sustainable Development Engineering at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus”. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 715, pp. 908-914, 2018. (PDF)

Moresi, E. A. D. , et al., “The use of challenge based learning in mobile application development,” 2017 12th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (CISTI), Lisbon, 2017, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.23919/CISTI.2017.7975800 (PDF – Portuguese)

Nichols, M. & Cator, K. 2008 . Challenge Based Learning, A White Paper. Cupertino, CA: Apple, Inc. (PDF)

Nichols, M., Cator K. & Torres. M. 2016Challenge Based Learner User Guide. Redwood City, CA: Digital Promise. (Link)

O’Mahony, Timothy K. , Vye, Nancy J. ,  Bransford, John D. , Sanders Elizabeth A. , Stevens, Reed , Stephens, Richard D.  Richey, Michael C. , Lin &, Kuen Y. &  Soleiman, Moe K. (2012) A Comparison of Lecture-Based and Challenge-Based Learning in a Workplace Setting: Course Designs, Patterns of Interactivity, and Learning Outcomes, Journal of the Learning Sciences, 21:1, 182-206, DOI: 10.1080/10508406.2011.611775

Rådberg, K. K., Lundqvist, U., Malmqvist, J., & Holmberg, J. Learning Outcomes in Challenge Based Master’s Theses for Sustainable Development at Chalmers University of Technology. http://publications.lib.chalmers.se/records/fulltext/229169/local_229169.pdf

Ramirez-Mendoza, R. A. , et al., “Towards a disruptive active learning engineering education,” 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Tenerife, 2018, pp. 1251-1258. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8363373

Santos, A.R., Sales, A., Fernandes, P.  & Nichols, M. . “Combining challenge-based learning and scrum framework for mobile application development”. In: Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE, pp. 189-194, 2015.

Sathaporn Yoosomboon, Panita Wannapiroon,Development of a Challenge Based Learning Model via Cloud Technology and Social Media for Enhancing Information Management Skills, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 174,2015,Pages 2102-2107, ISSN 1877-0428, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.02.008.

Winnie L.S. Cheng, Application of Challenge-Based Learning in nursing education,
Nurse Education Today, Volume 44, 2016, Pages 130-132, ISSN 0260-6917, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2016.05.026.

Zhi Yang, Ying Zhou, Joanne W.Y. Chung, Qiubi Tang, Lian Jiang, Thomas K.S. Wong, Challenge Based Learning nurtures creative thinking: An evaluative study, Nurse Education Today, Volume 71, 2018, Pages 40-47, ISSN 0260-6917, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.09.004.

Experiential Learning

Dewey, J. (2018). Democracy and education: An introduction to the philosophy of education. Sacramento: Franklin Classics, an imprint of Creative Media Partners.

Dewey, John. (1938) Experience and education,New York, Macmillan,

Kolb, D. A. (2014). Experiential learning: Experience as the source of learning and development. FT press. (book)

Kolb, A. Y., & Kolb, D. A. (2005). Learning styles and learning spaces: Enhancing experiential learning in higher education. Academy of management learning & education, 4(2), 193-212. (PDF)

Constructivist Learning

Bruner, J. (1986) Actual Minds, Possible Worlds, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Bruner, J. S. (1966) Toward a Theory of Instruction, Cambridge, Mass.: Belkapp Press. 176 + x pages.

Piaget, J. (1963). The language and thought of the child. Ohio: The World Publishing Company.

Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in Society: The development of higher psychological processes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Active Learning

Freeman, S., Eddy, S.L. , McDonough, M. ,  Smith, M.K. , Okoroafor, N. ,  Jordt, H. & Wenderoth, M.P. . “Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics”. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 111, n. 23, pp. 8410-8415, 2014.

Michael, J. “Where’s the evidence that active learning works?” American Journal of Physiology – Advances in Physiology Education, vol. 30, n. 4, pp. 159-167, 2006.

Other Foundational Literature

Freire, P. (2005). Pedagogy of the Oppressed/Paulo Freire. New York.–London: Continuum.

Harris, M. (1987). Teaching and religious imagination.

Palmer, P. J. (1983). To know as we are known: Education as a spiritual journey.

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