Resources & Publications

resouces and publications

WPI’s library has created a Project-Based Learning Educators’ Resource Library. This is a great starting point for information about project-based learning at WPI and in general as well as recent scholarship on project-based learning.

Faculty and staff affiliated with the Center for Project-Based Learning have written numerous conference papers and journal articles about project-based learning, which are available on WPI’s Digital Commons. Publications are organized by year and are fully searchable within the collection.

AdvancePBL Newsletters

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Research Briefs

Minority-Serving Institutions

This research brief discusses the research regarding the effectiveness of PBL pedagogies and curricula for Minority-Serving Institutions. Published case studies are suggested for further reading.

Project-Based Learning in Community Colleges

This research brief examines the research on the effects of project-based learning on retention and academic learning within community college settings. Case studies of project-based learning in community colleges are suggested for further reading.

Project-Based Learning in the Arts and Humanities

This research brief focuses on the research on PBL in the arts and humanities with a particular focus on digital humanities and the STEAM movement. Relatively little attention has been given to PBL in these disciplines, as compared to STEM, and the gaps in what we know are described.

Project-Based Learning in Graduate Education

This research brief highlights research on PBL with and for graduate students, describing how PBL enhances more traditional approaches to graduate education. A section on online graduate courses is included and case studies are provided for further guidance.

Project-Based Learning In The First Year

Student projects are often used after students have mastered the foundations, during capstone experiences and in advanced coursework. This research brief details the utility and impacts of using PBL at the beginning of students’ college careers in First Year Experiences. The existing scholarship is reviewed and case studies of different types of First Year Experiences using PBL are provided for further reading.

Case Studies

Reinventing the Curriculum to Provide Students with a Meaningful Education
In this case study, two very different institutions share how they have embraced the advantages offered by one educational approach—project-based learning—but for different reasons.

Other Resources

Guidelines for Supporting a Structured Pair Activity
The Structured Pair Activity (SPA) can be used to increase student engagement and help students work better together (Saltz & Heckman, 2020).  These guidelines for supporting SPA can be used with students working online or in-person to help them coordinate their interactions as they work with one another to complete an assignment. While developed to support student pairs, SPA can be adapted for teams that have more than two members.