Why AttendThe Collaborative for PBL draws on over 50 years of experience integrating project-based initiatives into undergraduate education including classroom projects in a wide range of disciplines, projects in the first year, major capstone projects, and community-based projects. Project-based learning offers students real-world opportunities to research issues, think critically, gain new perspectives, solve problems, and develop written and oral communication skills all within the framework of a team environment and guided by engaged and involved faculty. After the year comes to a close, participants in the Collaborative for PBL will join the Center’s extensive alumni network, with opportunities to highlight their PBL successes in our newsletter, to co-author conference presentations and grant proposals, and to connect with other alumni to seek partners for a range of future collaborations.
Collaborative TeamsEach team will consist of a minimum of five members (including a designated leader). We encourage inclusion of key staff—an instructional designer, a librarian, service learning or community engagement staff—as appropriate. A team’s institutional diversity helps facilitate implementing a comprehensive change in the curriculum and sustains the foundations of initiatives arising from work at the Collaborative.
What Should Participants ExpectFaculty, professional staff, and administrators who participate in the Collaborative for PBL will explore the potential of project-based learning to bring deeply meaningful learning experiences to their students. The Collaborative’s activities are designed to address a set of professional learning objectives so that after participating, educators will be able to:
- Redesign courses to use PBL pedagogy
- Be empowered to make changes in their courses to inspire students to take charge of their learning
- Value the professional skills that students develop through PBL
- Examine the implications of adopting PBL for justice and equity
- Value PBL’s ability to promote an asset-based learning environment
- Identify support staff critical to PBL implementation and faculty development
Collaborative FacultyThe Collaborative for PBL is led by the same diverse team of faculty as the Institute on PBL, representing disciplines in the humanities, engineering, sciences, and business, all with extensive experience in varied facets of project work. View a complete listing of Collaborative faculty here.
- May 18 and 19, 2022
- October 20, 2022
- January 5, 2023
- May 16, 2023
Dawn Whitehead (Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the Association of American College and Universities) will be delivering the opening talk at our May 18 gathering. Dr. Whitehead is an internationally recognized advocate of experiential and global learning.
J. Elizabeth Clark (Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY) will reinspire participants at the January 5 meeting. Dr. Clark regularly presents on teaching with technology, use of reflections and ePortfolios. We are delighted to host two such talented and distinguished colleagues.