Project-Based Learning across Contents


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Project-Based Learning (PBL) involves the application of real-world experiences to demonstrate an understanding of subject matter as students connect new learning with prior knowledge and experiences. PBL engages students in ways to make learning meaningful and relevant. The purpose of this course is to familiarize educators with the essential components of PBL and to provide an opportunity to view models of PBL-type assessments as part of the process in creating usable, multidisciplinary projects for purposes of student assessment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between what Project-Based Learning is and what it isn't.
  • Identify the essential components of Project-Based Learning.
  • Create a usable, multi-disciplinary project using the essential components of Project-Based Learning.
  • Gain an appreciation for the implications of Project-Based Learning despite the investment of time required to design such assessments.

Part I: Essential Elements of Project-Based Learning

Lesson 1: Addressing Our Pre-Conceptions about PBL

Part II: Examples of Project-Based Learning

Lesson 2: Examples of Project-Based Learning

Part III: Designing a Standards Driven Project-Based Unit in My Content Area

Lesson 3: Designing My Project

Part IV: Incorporating a Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Project-Based Learning

Lesson 4: Crossing the Cont(in)ents