Catherine Roberts: A TEACHERS GUIDE TO PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

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A TEACHERS GUIDE TO PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

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Course Overview

Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a method of instruction used by instructors to help prepare students for a real-world setting. PBL helps students gain and develop skills such as problem solving and critical thinking while reflecting on information from personal real life experiences and knowledge about their own learning. (Ceker & Ozdamli, 2016) The goal of PBL is to help students construct extensive and flexible knowledge, develop effective problem solving skills, develop self-directed lifelong learning skills, become effective collaborators, and become intrinsically motivated to learn. (Ceker & Ozdamli, 2016)

Incorporating PBL into the classroom can be challenging. The goal of this course is to investigate the advantages and challenges of PBL, discuss instructional methods used to incorporate PBL, and provide examples of successful PBL applications within multiple subjects.

Learners/participants within this course include educators and administrators who teach adults in higher education. Participants will have a varying degree of familiarity with PBL methods used in the classroom.

Before you begin this course, take a look at the prerequisites to make sure that you meet the requirements of the course. If you meet the prerequisites, review the course objectives so that you know what the outcome of this course will be. When you are ready, click on Module 1 to begin this course.


PREREQUISITES UPON ENTRY:

  1. Prior teaching experience
  2. Prior lesson planning experience
  3. Experience with online discussion forums and submission boxes


COURSE LEVEL OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify examples of effective project based teaching in the classroom.
  2. Apply project based teaching to formulate curriculum.
  3. List student skills gained from project based learning.
  4. Choose to use project-based learning in their teaching.
  5. Provide effective project-based learning assessment techniques.


MATERIALS NEEDED:

  1. Access to the Internet
  2. Access to Course Discussion Forum

Module 1: RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

1.1 Recognize PBL and its importance.

1.2 Recognize the core elements of PBL and be able to think critically and relate how each element makes PBL successful.

1.3 Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of PBL.

Module 2: EXPLAIN HOW PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IS INCORPORATED INTO INSTRUCTION

2.1 Explain the steps for a successful PBL project.

2.2 Explain the process of planning and building projects.

Module 3: APPLYING PROJECT-BASED LEARNING ASSESSMENT

3.1 Apply a project rubric.

3.2 Apply assessment throughout a project.