Mara Pagan's Mini-Course: PBL in a World Language Classroom

From KNILT

Course Overview

There are various forms of assessment that can be given to students in order to see whether or not they understood content. In today’s world, learning has taken a turn and lesson should be more student-centered and provide students with real world example. A great form of formal assessment is Project Based Learning. Project Based Learning can be implemented and design for any classroom no matter the grade or subject (Grant, 2017). I have found, in my own experience, that Foreign Language teachers tend to sometimes lack the use of PBL, this can be because they may not be familiar with the idea or feel comfortable enough to use it in the classroom. With this course, I hope that it will take away any concerns or questions they may have.

What is to be Learned

Learners will become familiar with Project Based Learning and how to incorporate it in the classroom. This course will provide learners with a number of ways and tools to use PBL in their classroom environment. Different tools and ideas will be introduced in this course to help and give the learners an idea of what is required of them when creating a PBL. Additionally, they will become aware of the importance of using such activity as an assessment.

The Learners

This course will be geared more towards Foreign Language teachers and how they maybe able to implement Project Based Learning in their Classrooms. Even though this course may be geared towards language, educators of different grade levels and subjects are welcome to take it because it is only the content that is in a foreign language all the other information and tools provided can be applied in other disciplines.

Instructional Context

Participants in this course will learn the content fully online. Any resources such as videos, articles, or tools will be readily available to them via online.

Exploring the Problem and Solution

Participants will go through various lessons introducing them to various parts and ideas on how to create a PBL and be able to find solutions that help them to create and implement PBL in their classroom.

Goals

The main goal is for the learners to gain knowledge and understanding of what Project Based Learning is and how it can be implemented in the classroom. Another goal is for learners to become familiar with PBL and become more comfortable using them in the classroom. Lastly, for learners to become familiar with various technology tools they can use within their PBLs.

Performance Objectives

· Learners will determine which tools to use for Project-Based Learning.

· Learners will apply Project-Based Learning as a form of assessment at least once in their classrooms.

· Learners will develop their own Project-Based Learning and assess themselves through the use of a rubric.

· Learners will discuss the purpose of Project-Based Learning and the importance of it.

· Learners will identify the different elements that make up a PBL and what Project-Based Learning is.

Unit 1: Introduction to Project Based Learning

Unit 2: How can PBL be implemented into the classrooms?

Unit 3: What technological tools can be used and how to implement it?

Unit 4: Create and implement PBL into the classroom