Project Based Learning Strategies and Tools

24 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

This course will help you understand what project-based learning is (and what it is not). You will explore examples of PBL and review what the research has to say on the effectiveness of this approach. You will move to on explore how to plan your own project based learning experiences for your classroom. As the course progresses, you will review key elements to managing PBL with your students. As more and more schools today work to implement more project-based learning, you will also find out how you can not only be ahead of the curve but also take on a leadership role. 

Students will:
  • Understand what project-based learning is and is not
  • Review examples of project-based learning done at the highest levels
  • Examine how to design PBL experiences in their own classroom and beyond 

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Why Project Based Learning?

This first lesson will focus on an understanding of what project-based learning (PBL) is and what it is not. You will examine how PBL benefits students, teachers and schools.

Lesson 2: What is Gold Standard PBL?

In lesson two, you will look back at how PBL was developed. You will examine how gold standard PBL is a mixture of teaching innovations and instructional methodologies. You will see how PBL is a combination of best practices from all aspects of teaching.

Lesson 3: What Does the Research Say About PBL?

Lesson three moves on to an examination of the research surrounding PBL. You will explore the evidence that supports project-based learning and the factors that contribute to its effectiveness.

Lesson 4: Designing a Project

In our fourth lesson, you will begin to look at how you design an effective PBL project. A well thought out design process will be laid out for you as you work to create a project students will enjoy and that will succeed in meeting your class objectives.

Lesson 5: Managing a Project

Lesson five is all about managing a PBL project once it has been designed. There are many implementation details to plan and this lesson will help you understand what those are and the best strategies for success.

Lesson 6: Becoming a PBL Leader

In our last lesson, you will explore how you can take what you now know about PBL back to your school and district. You will examine field-tested strategies to help guide others as, together, work to implement widespread PBL efforts.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**