The What is Project-Based Learning module will help to describe the differences between projects and project-based learning. The materials support shifting from having students complete projects after the learning has taken place to helping students learn through the project, providing opportunity for ownership, voice and choice, and deepening understanding of the concepts they are exploring through the project-based learning opportunity. Project-Based learning supports interdisciplinary learning and the development of 21st Century Competencies for our students.
Projects and Project-Based Learning: What's the Difference (~3 minutes)
Read the following short articles and consider the key components discussed.
- Why is Project-Based Learning Important? The many merits of using project-based learning in the classroom. (~5 minute read) from Edutopia
- Now is the time for project-based learning (~4 minute read) by Nell Duke from Kappan Online
- Time Management with PBL (~5 minute read) from Edutopia
- Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't go Crazy) (~ 5 minute read) by Andrew Miller
Blog & Comparative Table: This is the Difference Between Projects and Project-Based Learning
- This is the Difference Between Projects and Project-Based Learning (~ 4 minute read) by Jeffery Dunn
Time for Reflection
Look over a unit of study in your curriculum that contains a project component and consider:
- How might you shift the project to become more project-based learning?
- What edits/revisions might be needed to support the project-based learning approach without too much change in your curriculum?
- With this shift, consider what knowledge and skills will be needed from other content areas for students to successfully engage in the project-based learning opportunity.
Now that you have completed What is Project-Based Learning, please complete this short questionnaire to receive your contact hour certificate.