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
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
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 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.
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
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
It has changed my way of thinking in so many ways for the betterK.V.
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
Learning about the benefits and structure of PBL. The challenge question and authentic audience really stood out for me. The opportunity to design a project from start to finish was valuable too.S.L.
I liked how the summative assessment was a unit that I could implement in my classroom.K.F., Special Education Teacher
This course was well-organized, challenging, and it was clear that the instructor really knew the content well.J.S., Elementary 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 most valuable part of this course was the feedback I received from Dayna.K.F., Special Education Teacher
To be honest, this was my first online course. I never really liked the idea of an online course because I love classroom discussion. I think Dayna did a great job of commenting so that I felt like someone really was looking at my work and thinking about it. I have learned a lot and am looking forward to putting it into action.M.L., Librarian
This course was very beneficial in taking you through the PBL process. It provided a great understanding of Project Based Learning from a more academic/theoretical lens.K.C., Elementary Teacher
I will be able to use the project created during the course in my classroom. It will also help me to develop other PBL Units for use in my classroom.W.F., Social Studies Teacher