Project-Based Learning As a Vehicle for High-Impact Practices: A Three-Part PBL Webinar Series
Creating a valuable educational experience for undergraduates in the 21st century is complicated. Students need to learn how to solve problems, think critically, work effectively with others on teams, and communicate well; higher education institutions need to keep students engaged and help them persist through graduation. Delivering on all these outcomes presents big challenges to traditional classrooms. This webinar series explores how senior campus leaders and professors can reinvent opportunities for creating successful students using project-based learning in service of high-impact practices.
PBL Webinar Part 1 of 3: Reinventing Courses
Tuesday, November 12 – 2 – 3pm ET | 11am – Noon PT
Project-based learning is a powerful and versatile tool to support student learning and engagement. However, it is sometimes viewed as being too difficult to implement compared to traditional approaches. In a world that has too much information to cover, how can using valuable time for projects do anything but reduce the amount of learning? But is this true? Is project-based learning too tough to use? Do you have to abandon content to adopt projects?
In this webinar, panelists representing a large public college and a private research university will share approaches they have used to strengthen project-based learning at the pedagogical level, and the benefits they have seen from doing so. The experiences of these faculty members and administrators from institutions that differ so greatly in size and mission can serve as a resource to participants as they reflect on their own contexts and the challenges and opportunities for project-based learning.
PBL Webinar Part 2 of 3: Reinventing Programs
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – 2 – 3pm ET | 11am – Noon PT
This second installment in the webinar series features panelists from institutions who have incorporated project-based learning into programs as specific as humanitarian engineering and as broad as a gen ed curriculum spanning four years. Panelists will discuss how project-based learning not only helped them make their programs more distinctive, but how it helped them create more cohesive integrative learning experiences. Audience takeaways from the webinar will include fresh ideas on how to use project-based learning to help both faculty and students think more critically, creatively, and innovatively, and, ultimately, learn more deeply.
PBL Webinar Part 3 of 3: Reinventing Institutions
Fall 2020 (date TBD)
Project-based learning proponents will eagerly share their experiences and ideas with colleagues, and they will work hard to build a community of practice, too, because they know the value that project-based learning brings to education. Change is rarely easy, though, and moving an institution towards a culture of project-based learning can be a complicated and lengthy process. What dynamics are at play between the vision of campus leadership and the implementation of in-class practices of the faculty who work directly with students? What does it take to transform the inspiration of a few into a new approach that impacts the identity of an entire institution?
Panelists in this webinar are witnesses to and actors in the shifts towards project-based learning that are currently happening throughout their own institutions. They will share their ideas about the importance of relationship building and the critical roles that assessment and evaluation play in creating educational communities that value project-based learning and seek to increase its use. By the end of this webinar you will have insights into approaches, strategies, and practices that could be used to transform your own institution into one characterized by a culture of project-based learning.
More about the Project-Based Learning Webinar Series
Key questions by faculty and leaders will be answered during these webinars. For faculty, how do they balance the need to teach disciplinary content while embracing more open-ended, problem-focused work? How can team projects address learning outcomes, and how can faculty grade teamwork fairly? For leaders, how do they best support faculty who take new risks in their teaching? What staffing models, approaches to faculty evaluation, or shifts in course schedules can help? How can projects provide institutions with a distinctive difference while retaining a core identity?
Through conversations with experts and leaders in higher education, these webinars will examine such questions and more to give participants opportunities for reflection, ideas to share, and motivation to tackle the challenge of educating students for an ever-changing world.