Project Based Learning
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Project Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience. PBL presents opportunities for deeper learning in-context and for the development of important skills tied to college and career readiness.
Characteristics of Project Based Learning
Here are three characteristics of meaningful project based learning activities that lead to deeper student understanding:
PBL focuses on engaging students with real-world problems. This is an interdisciplinary approach because real-world challenges are rarely solved using information or skills from a single subject area. Projects require students to engage in inquiry, solution building, and product construction to help address the real-world issue or challenge presented. As students do the work, they often use content knowledge and skills from multiple academic domains to successfully complete the project.
Project based learning requires the application of knowledge and skills, not just recall or recognition. Unlike rote learning that assesses a single fact, PBL is more complex and can be used to assess how students apply a variety of academic content in new contexts. As students engage in the work of a project they follow a process that begins with inquiry. Inquiry leads to deeper learning, not just related to academic content, but also related to the use of content in real world applications. Inquiry processes can help lead to the development of solutions that address the problem/challenge of the project and the creation of products to communicate solutions to an audience based upon the application of content and skills.
In PBL, the role of the teacher shifts from content-deliverer to facilitator/ project manager. Students work more independently through the PBL process, with the teacher providing support only when needed. Students are encouraged to make their own decisions about how best to do their work and demonstrate their understanding. The PBL process fosters student independence, ownership of his/her work, and the development of 21st century/workplace skills.
Module 01 ? Introduction to PBL ? Examples, Terminology, Organisation
Module 02 ? Preparing Resources for PBL Session
Module 03 ? Designing and Presenting Projects
Module 04 ? Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences
Module 05 ? Students Collaboration
Module 06 ? Creative Thinking, Methods for Generating New Ideas
Module 07 ? Critical Thinking, Questioning and Metacognition
Module 08 ? Problem Solving and Decision Making
Module 09 ? Using ICT in PBL
Module 10 ? Student's Presentations and Classroom Discussions
The course will help the participants to:
Understand what PBL is and how to confidently implement it in class.
Gain insight into a variety of activities that you can implement into PBL.
Understand how media and technology can be integrated into PBL.
Assess student's PBL projects confidently using rubrics.
Create detailed PBL lesson plans.
Implement school-wide PBL programs.