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.

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.

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.