- Before we begin it's important to note that project-based learning is very different from traditional projects you may have implemented in your classes. It's not an add-on at the end of the unit once you have taught all of your content. Additionally PBL is not a recipe for learning. There is no set template to design a learning experience. Otherwise you would just be asking students to engage in replication rather than innovation. Project-based learning is an open-end investigation intended to foster deep inquiry and critical thinking while students work toward producing possible resolutions to authentic challenges.
I will guide you in the basics of how to create a project idea that is linked to your content standards. I will also share about how to assess the learning experience and create opportunities for your students to reach a wider audience that goes beyond the walls of the classroom. We won't be looking at specific PBL examples, but I will provide you with a list of excellent resources at the end of this course. Let's get started.
- Writing the project challenge
- Choosing the right final product and audience
- Letting students conduct the investigation
- Scaffolding the project
- Assessing the project process and final product