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Project Based Learning - a Teaching Guide

Course Summary

21st-century scenario: Students learn by actively engaging in the real world.

How?

Through the teaching method called Project-Based Learning (PBL).

Project-Based Learning, also known as PBL, involves students designing, developing, and constructing hands-on solutions to a problem. The educational value of PBL is that it aims to build students’ creative capacity to learn by applying knowledge and skills through an engaging experience.

PBL as a student-centred methodology engages students in developing critical thinking through undertaking authentic, meaningful projects. That teaching strategy focuses on real-world problems and challenges using problem-solving, decision-making and investigative skills. It is increasingly being used across disciplines because of its capacity to engage students in developing self-directed learning skills. 

Project Based Learning is an essential practice that empowers students and builds important skills. 

Course Detailed Description

Project-Based Learning is a way to learn by doing, exploring, experiencing and creating. It can be used in any school subject and with students of all ages.

PBL brings authenticity to the classroom in that the problem is easily connected to the world outside of the classroom, and students are challenged o collaborate, communicate and think critically as they approach the problem. 

Teaching through the PBL strategy means fully understanding PBL as a teaching method. PBL is not about projects. It is about the material and concepts learned through the projects. Developing and implementing PBL in the classroom include five key building components that are key need to be the driving force behind the development of project-based learning.

Project-based learning involves more complex situations and is designed to challenge learners more than everyday learning and has to be of interest to the learners and give them the freedom to go in-depth.

Ready, Set, Go!

It’s time to put it into action.

Join us on our journey.

 

The main goal of this course is to implement and incorporate Project-Based Learning in the classroom and every day teaching.

Other course goals are:

  • foster excellence in education by empowering teacher, headmasters and other education staff to implement PBL in their classrooms and schools

  • get to know PBL characteristics and bases

  • understand pedagogical approach to PBL

  • improve 21st century skills and competencies

  • encourage teacher in using digital tools as stakeholders in PBL

  • design Course Project – Learning scenario including the tools of a Small project

  • network with teachers from other countries and plan new projects

Topics:

21st century skills, critical thinking, digital tools, PBL, project-based learning, student-centred methodology

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1

  • Introduction to the course

  • Course outline

  • Ice-breaking activities

  • Presentation of participating organisations

  • Exchanging good practices in Project-Based Learning

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant

  • Guided city tour

Day 2

  • Project-Based Learning in Education

  • Project-Based Learning Introduction

  • Understand Project-Based Learning

  • Characteristics of Project-Based Learning

  • Examples of Project Based Learning

  • Pros and cons of PBL

Day 3

  • Implementing Project-Based Learning

  • Steps to a PBL approach

  • A guide to using PBL in the classroom

  • Pedagogical approach to PBL

  • PBL to develop 21st century skills and competencies

  • Course Project Introduction – Learning scenario with PBL


Day 4

  • Digital tools as stakeholders in Project-Based Learning

  • Digital Trends in PBL

  • Digital tools and apps as support in the PBL process

  • 4-step process in PBL process with digital tools

  • Small project – Essential digital tools to support PBL


Day 5

  • Wrap it up

  • Final activities – design a Course Project – Learning scenario including the tools of a Small project

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, discussion


Day 6 

  • Course evaluation

  • Certificate awarding 

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities

Course outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • get acquainted with the key elements and growing trends to Project-Based Learning

  • identify the key elements of pedagogical approach to PBL

  • learn how to assess PBL in the classroom

  • get to know about digital trends in PBL

  • choose the most suitable digital tools to design learning activities and support PBL activities

  • learn how to motivate and engage students to establish effective collaboration and develop 21st century skills

  • prepare Course Project using results of small digital project

  • network with teachers from other countries and plan new projects

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