Authentic Connections for Project-Based Learning
Develop real-world connections to your content through project-based learning. The course reaches beyond the typical checklist approach to PBL and prepares teachers to implement relevant challenges that take students to deeper levels of learning.
As we approach the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century, we need to continue to develop twenty-first century skills in our students. The use of technology to enhance critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity is only as useful as the reasons for which students are asked to use the technology tools. The deepest levels of learning occur in a student when the curriculum is connected to authentic, relevant, and appropriately complex learning experiences. This course will empower its participants with the tools necessary to design and develop authentic learning experiences as they enrich their students’ classroom experiences through a connected global environment.
*Participants in this course will have a mandatory, synchronous, video conference sessions. The date and time are listed on each course registration page.
See what other educators are saying about this course
I liked how the summative assessment was a unit that I could implement in my classroom.K.F., Special Education Teacher
I think understanding the educational theory and history behind PBL was extremely valuable. In addition, the process of planning a PBL with guided feedback was extremely helpful.K.C., Elementary Teacher
It has changed my way of thinking in so many ways for the betterK.V.
Lots of new information for me to implement. I loved the course scaffolding and the guidance along the way. I am SO much more comfortable with implementing a PBL unit than ever before.A.I., Elementary Teacher
I found this course to be challenging and thought-provoking. The workload was a lot for a four-week course, but the materials/assignments were high-quality and practical. Dayna Lauer was very accessible and extremely specific and timely with her feedback.J.H., Language Arts Teacher
I plan to use the PBL unit I created for the course in my classroom. I am also looking at planning other units with the PBL principles in mind.J.H., Language Arts Teacher
The course inspired me to rework my curriculum and rethink my classroom approach for the better. Instructor went above and beyond to understand her students, provide extra resources, and design assignments to enhance learning. This course was grounded on PBL so it was very nice to have an instructor teach us PBL through the example of her course and practices. Most of all, the instructor provided evaluation, comments, and feedback like no other. Her dedication to our learning by her constant involvement, thorough feedback, and in depth responses held us all accountable to do the same and made my work feel much value. I learned so much more because she took the time to evaluate everything we did and give us quality feedback to improve. She is a fabulous example of a teacher and a very reasonable/understanding professor!K.V.
Awsome course. Very well planned. The scaffolding of the course made it very easy to grasp the major concepts in the course.W.F., Social Studies Teacher
The final PBL unit is very valuable and I plan on using it early on in this school year.J.H., Language Arts Teacher
The scaffolding that the instructor used to teach the components of Project Based Learning allowed us to create a project that we can use immediately within our classrooms.W.F., Social Studies Teacher
Very applicable content to any subject that points you in a direction to where we should be headed in our classroomsK.V.
I would like to at least incorporate the project I created into my classroom next year. I would also like to make work more complex with thought about more authentic audiences.S.L.
It was great to go through the PBL planning process. It made me realize the ways in which my instruction can be interdisciplinary and surround a singular challenge question.J.S., Elementary Teacher
Very Much--I have already set up meetings with teachers to discuss our plans and have recommended the course to my colleagues.M.L., Librarian
The most valuable part of this course was the feedback I received from Dayna.K.F., Special Education Teacher