I have been T.Aing a course called “Thermal Physics” for a couple of years now, which is an undergrad course offered by the physics department. I have also taken one physics lab course for one semester.
Now, Why I mentioned these and how are these related to CBL/PBL will discuss below. I observed that in the “Thermal Physics” the professor engages students in a discussion (mostly in a group of 5-10) of specific scenarios that resemble or typically are real-world examples. I found this method is learner-centered with intense interaction between participants as they build their knowledge and work together as a group to examine the case. In this course, the instructor’s role is that of a facilitator while the students collaboratively analyze and address problems and resolve questions that have no single right answer.
On the other hand, in the Lab class, I saw students were given a problem in each class to solve and to find meaningful solutions. This is what made me think If CBL is more concentrated towards course-based learning and PBL is concentrated towards Lab-based learning?