General Information about Problem-Based, Collaborative Inquiry courses

Title: Teaching for Understanding 07

Author: Heather Gould

Abstract: This mini-course has been created with the professional development of currently practicing teachers in mind. It will serve as a refresher course that will introduce, discuss, and employ the concept of teaching for understanding.

Course Objective: Course participants should be able to generate a revised lesson plan in written form from a given lesson plan that exemplifies improvements to the lesson so that student understanding of the target topic is increased.

Tag(s): teaching, understanding


Title: Learning Communities in the Classroom

Author: Barbara Easton

Abstract: This course seeks to help teachers understand how and why the development of learning communities within the classroom will benefit both students and teachers.

Course Objective: After completing this mini-course, you should be able to: recognize the importance of creating learning communities in the classroom, describe the ways in which students benefit from learning communities, and create a plan for incorporating learning communities in your classroom.

Tag(s): learning communities, classroom


Title: Knowledge Building & Information Literacy K-16+

Author: Mary Donohue

Abstract: Introduction to the concepts of “Knowledge Building” and “Information Literacy”.

Course Objective: By the end of the course, the learner will be able to: Identify the unique characteristics of 'Knowledge Building'; Identify the various parts of Knowledge Forum, the online tool used to create a knowledge building environment; Identify the Information Literacy standards established by AASL/ACRL; Generate an updated Information Literacy unit/lesson, utilizing Knowledge Building concepts and the KF environment ; Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and enhance this Knowledge Building course.

Tag(s): knowledge building, online tool, information literacy


Title: Effective Questioning in the Classroom

Author: Abigail Moskovits

Abstract: This course was designed to expose students to the merits and benefits of using questions in the classroom.

Course Objective: The goal of this course is to provide the learners with the tools they need to be effective classroom teachers and facilitators.

Tag(s): questioning, classroom


Title: Science Inquiry

Author: Jingping Chen

Abstract: Inform teachers how to teach science through inquiry.

Course Objective: By the end of this course, course participants should be able to: Understand the concept of Science Inquiry; Get to know the procedure of doing inquiry in science teaching; Understand the principles and procedure of developing materials that promote inquiry in science teaching; Analysis the given lesson plans and projects that exemplifies improvements of using inquiry; Design the inquiry-based science lesson plans or projects; Choose to use inquiry method in the classroom teaching or project designing; Choose to advocate the inquiry-based teaching method in discussions with peers.

Tag(s): science inquiry, science teaching


Title: Teaching to Multiple Intelligences

Author: David Lawrence

Abstract: Introduction to multiple intelligence and teaching strategies

Course Objective: Learners should be able to understand the use of multiple intelligences in the classroom, evaluate students' learning preferences, apply teaching strategies to enhance multiple intelligences, and create a cross curricular project with multiple intelligences.

Tag(s): multiple intelligence


Title: Cognitive Apprenticeship

Author: Ruby Roberts

Abstract: Introduction to Cognitive Apprenticeship as an instructional model.

Course Objective: Learners will be able to identify ways to incorporate the model in your classroom for problem-solving tasks and use Cognitive Apprentice ship as an instructional model in classroom teaching.

Tag(s): cognitive apprenticeship, instructional model


Title: Garden-Based Learning Across the Curriculum

Author: Donna Alese Cooke

Abstract: Introduction to the principles, theory and practice of garden-based learning (GBL)

Course Objective: Learners will be able to integrate garden-based lessons into their curriculum.

Tag(s): garden-based learning


Title: From Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered, A Faculty Mini-course

Author: Francia Reed

Abstract: The purpose of this mini-course is to provide an in-service for Nursing Faculty on the principles and significance of adopting and utilizing a learner-centered approach in nursing education. Course Objective: Upon the completion of this mini-course, the learners will 1) accurately describe learner-centered education principles; 2) display a positive attitude toward using learner centered principles; 3) identify several learner-centered strategies they can employ in their classrooms.

Tag(s): nursing education, learner-centered approach


Title: Introduction to Project Based Learning

Author: Maria Urquidi

Abstract: The goal of this mini-course is to provide an introduction to what Project Based Learning is and why research shows it to be so effective, so that learners will want to learn more. Course Objective: Upon the completion of this course, students will be clear about the following four questions: 1) what is and what is not PBL? 2) why is PBL an effective way to teach? 3) how do I begin a project? 4) where can I find resources and examples?

Tag(s): PBL (Project Based Learning)


Title: Incorporating Problem Based Learning Using the Scientific Method

Author: April Taylor

Abstract: The intent of this mini-course is to provide the learner with an opportunity to experience how problem based learning (PBL) can be applied to any science classroom, particularly its use to assist students in the mastery of the scientific method concept.

Course Objective: Upon the completion of this course, students will be clear about the following four questions: 1) what is problem-based learning? 2) why this methodology is important and useful? 3) what scientific methods are and how they can be use to support problem based learning? 4) how to effectively facilitate problem based learning?

Tag(s): PBL (Project Based Learning)


Title: Collaboration_course

Author: Robert Ekblaw

Abstract: This course provides examples and examinations into various forms of collaborative learning. Using a filter composed of the important features of collaborative learning, the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of electronic collaborative learning are discussed.

Course Objective: This course will enable learners have a better understanding of how collaborative learning supports a deeper understanding of knowledge, then list and explain how to effectively use collaborative learning in a discussion group.

Tag(s): collaborative learning, group discussion, effectiveness,


Title: Student lead classroom model

Author: Ian August

Abstract: This mini course will tackle the topic of student led activities in the classroom. The idea behind student led classroom activities is that the more the students are engaged in the material the better the students understanding of the material.

Course Objective: The goal of this mini course is to help teachers, especially at the college level, in the implementation of new pedagogy practices into their current teaching curriculum.

Tag(s): Classroom, pedagogy practices, Teaching, Students


Title: Flipping the Classroom

Author: Benjamin Jacaruso

Abstract: N/A

Course Objective: The target objective of this unit is to develop an awareness of our goals and objectives in learning a new teaching style and to develop a good idea of the basic requirements of flipping the classroom.

Tag(s): Teaching, Flipping the classroom,


Title: Student Driven Community Service

Author: Teresa Dobler

Abstract: This course is designed to increase teacher comfort with developing and including a student driven community service project within the classroom. This course will provide teachers with knowledge of the steps involved in a student driven community service project and will also provide resources for teachers to adopt or adapt for their own use.

Course Objective: Learners will choose to include student driven community service projects, as evidenced by incorporating them in their own classrooms, and classify projects as examples or non-examples of student driven community service projects using a self-generated list of criteria by labeling them. Learners will state in typed writing how student driven community service projects fit in to the Common Core Standards by citing specific standard connections. In their own classrooms, learners will demonstrate knowledge of a model for student driven civic engagement by incorporating it in to the classroom.

Tag(s): students driven, community service, classroom,



Title: The Montessori Learning Environment

Author: Elizabeth Mancuso

Abstract: This course designed to give a glimpse of what a Montessori classroom looks like, feels like, and operates like, and to bring the Montessori history and some of the practices from the past to the forefront of today’s education system.

Course Objective: N/A

Tag(s): Montessori Education, learning environment,


Title: Technology Supported Collaborative Learning

Author: Ryan Alescio

Abstract: This course will help teachers understand the components of collaborative learning, the benefits of using collaborative learning activities within the classroom, and the issues that could arise from the activities. The learners will also gain information on the use of technology within the classroom and how to properly select technology to support learning. Finally, the learners will get a chance to create their own lesson using technology and collaborative learning

Course Objective: By completing this course you will be able to understand the the benefits and issues of technology supported collaborative learning. You will be able to use this information to design, implement, and reflect on collaborative learning activities created. The goal is to give you confidence in using technology and collaborative learning in your classrooms, and that productive learning does take place in that environment.

Tag(s): Collaborative Learning, Technology, Classroom


Title: Making Math Real

Author: Emily Vance-Curzan

Abstract: This course will help middle and high school math teachers make their content real to their students. This course will explain why making math realistic is important in the high school classroom and develop strategies to incorporate Problem-Based or authentic learning in a math classroom.

Course Objective: Through readings and videos learners will identify the differences between authentic tasks and traditional tasks by reflecting on their own practices. Also, learners will be able to state the key elements of Problem Based Learning in a mathematics classroom. By the end, learners will be able to generate a lesson plan which is aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Tag(s): Mathematics, middle school, high school, classroom, problem-based learning, strategies, Common Core Standards


Title: Cooperative Learning

Author: Alysha Stephens

Abstract: This course will demonstrate the differences between cooperative learning and group work. It also demonstrate the benefits of cooperative learning and what needs to be done in order to make cooperative learning successful.

Course Objective: Learners will be able to compare the differences between cooperative learning and group work. Also, learners will be able to describe the benefits of cooperative learning and explain how the cooperative learning process works and why. By the end, learner will be able to apply cooperative learning across the curriculum and design a lesson plan using cooperative learning techniques discussed throughout the course.

Tag(s): cooperative learning, group work, curriculum


Title: Together Step by STEP: A Collaborative Approach for Writing a Research Paper

Author: Brenda Rhyne

Abstract: The course provides teachers with strategies to use to encourage students to write and discover their literacy voice by writing and constructing a research paper as a project in a collaborative environment.

Course Objective: Participants will be able to identify strategies for conducting academic research.

Tag(s): collaborative approach, research paper, strategies, writing, academic writing


Title:Project-Based Learning across Contents

Author: Tina Bianchi

Abstract: N/A

Course Objective: After reading an article, participants will identify the essential elements of PBL by summarizing them in a Word Document. After reading an article that exemplifies instruction using PBL in various content areas, participants will identify the elements of PBL present in the sample by highlighting/labeling elements using the Review tab in Microsoft Word. Using the lesson or unit from Lesson 2, Activity 3, participants will identify the content standards present in the learning activity(ies) by adding additional annotations to label the standards using the Review tab in Microsoft Word

Tag(s): Project-Based Learning



Title: Project Based Learning on the Civil War

Author: Eric LaPorta

Abstract: This page was designed to help integrate a project based learning lesson plan for teaching the Civil War into the classroom. Project based learning is a valuable tool for teachers to use in their classroom. It engages their students and allows them to take control over their own education, rather than being forced to learn from the teacher. Integrating technology into a teachers lesson, which this project based learning unit aims to do, focuses the students and allows those who learn through audio, visual or hands on experiences to explore their learning. By placing students into small groups, they can work together, collaborate and revise work without the feeling of being under a microscope.


Course Objective: The learner will understand a variety of causes, from a northerner and southerner perspective, of secession, and their subsequent effects. The learner will be able to describe these cause and effects in a presentation. The student will understand various aspects of southern life trying to be upheld, leading to secession. The student will understand the various reasons the south had for seceding and understand these reasons date back many years.

Tag(s): Civil War, Problem-based learning, History.



Title:Project based learning Trigonometry

Author: Alex Perry

Abstract: Give brief lecture covering the basic concepts of trigonometric ratios ( sine, cosine, tangent). Provided will be a guided notes page where students fill in blank sections of their worksheets. This approach will allow students to follow along with the lesson as well as maintain focus, rather than having them rush to copy down notes and miss out on the explanations of the notes.

Course Objective: Students will develop a basic understanding of trigonometric ratios. Student ideas and class discussion will provide methods of measuring large distances

Tag(s): Math, Project based learning, Trigonometry



Title: Using Design-Thinking and Inquiry in Teaching Literacy

Author: Rebecca Grodner

Abstract: N/S

Course Objective: Define inquiry-based learning as you understand it. Demonstrate an understanding of design thinking and its components. Discriminate design inquiry cycle steps. Generate a design inquiry unit.

Tag(s): Design-thinking, Design-inquiry cycle, Teaching Literacy



Title: Inquiry-based learning

Author: Miranda Zimmerman

Abstract: The purpose of this mini-course is to identify what inquiry-based learning is and inform educators of how to incorporate it into Science courses.

Course Objective: Learners will be able to identify and define the meaning of inquiry-based learning (Verbal Skill). Learners will be able to compare and contrast student-centered instruction such as inquiry-based learning to traditional teacher-centered instruction (Intellectual Skill). Learners will be able to create meaningful lessons through the use of interaction and tangible learning opportunities (Motor Skill). Learners will be able to design engaging inquiry-based activities in the Science discipline (Cognitive Skill). Learners will be able to apply their knowledge to advocate for the use of inquiry-based learning in a given classroom (Attitude Skill).

Tag(s): Inquiry-Based learning.




Title: Project Based Learning

Author: Samantha Schwartz

Abstract: In today’s classroom it seems and research has agreed that students learn best being hands-on in the classroom. As time goes on, the traditional structure of a classroom should be changing to foster additional ways in which students show their understanding of the content. In a project based learning classroom the teacher gives the students a “whole” concept and they must work together to find the “parts” of the content and bring it back together. The students are given resources, technology, support, and students must research concepts and apply them to their learning. Students are involved in multidisciplinary assignments and the classroom is centered on them, not the teacher

Course Objective: By the end of this lesson educator will inquire on their own knowledge of project based learning and further their understanding; After reviewing a project based lesson plan for a child development class, educator will be able to analyze its application; By the end of this lesson educator will learn how to assess students in a project based learning classroom

Tag(s): PBL