SEV-106: Getting Started with Project Based Learning

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SEV-106: Getting Started with Project Based Learning

Whether you are already familiar with Project Based Learning or just curious to see what it can do for your students, this 4-module course is designed to support you (and a small group of your colleagues in the same discipline) to build and implement PBL in your classrooms. Although not pre-requisites, this program expands on the concepts presented in 104 and 105, providing a structured inquiry into authentic assessment and differentiation to help you prepare your first PBL unit around something you already teach.

SEV-106: Getting Started with Project Based Learning

Program Description


Modify a current unit (or create a new one) so that it is project based.

Develop an assessment using the GRASPS planner.

Create a rubric to assess students’ final product for the project.


Module 1: What’s the BIG Idea? PBL & Authentic Assessment
We start with a brief orientation to Project Based Learning, answering three critical questions—What is PBL? How does PBL improve learning outcomes? And what is assessment as learning? By the end of this module, you will identify a topic or unit you teach that can serve as the focus of your PBL unit and create essential questions that will motivate your students to begin exploration of the big ideas they will encounter.

Module 2: PBL, Student-Centered Instruction & Differentiation
The structure of PBL inherently supports differentiation and can only thrive in a student-centered learning environment. This module will help you plan to address the barriers your students may face in your PBL unit and support them in breaking through. Applying the principles of backwards design, this module will guide you through the creation of differentiated learning targets and performance tasks that motivate students.

Module 3: Using GRASPS to Create a PBL Unit
With your essential question, big ideas, performance tasks, and differentiation strategies ready to go, this module provides the structure and support for you to get started with PBL in a way that is manageable. You will use the GRASPS template to structure your PBL unit and create a rubric that supports self- and peer-assessment and fosters student autonomy in learning.

Module 4: Planning for Implementation of your PBL Unit
This final module will prepare you to introduce your PBL to your students and ready yourself for the challenge (and fun!) of Project Based Learning in your classroom. To help your group with implementation, the resources and guidance in this module provide a structure you can use to support each other through implementation, reflection, and refinement if your PBL unit.

Are you ready to get started? All you need is a group of 3 to 6 teachers (in your discipline or at your level) to learn together with throughout this course. To enroll your group, just click on the Enroll Now button above and then click Request. 
We will contact you about your group and set a start date that is convenient for you. This course may be started at any time and can be completed in as few as two weeks. Available starting March 7, 2022.



SEV-106: Getting Started with Project Based Learning

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