Podcasts and Recordings


2022 SXSW Edu Conference Session – Educating Changemakers for Global Impact

How do we prepare tomorrow’s global change makers? Research shows that project-based learning and other high-impact practices elevate students’ ability to communicate, think critically, and perform on a team to co-create solutions to local/global challenges. Hear from leaders at Agnes Scott College, Bellevue College and Miami Dade College that teamed up with WPI to examine how to apply PBL in any kind of higher ed setting at the 2022 SXSW Edu Conference.

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The TeachThought Podcast – How PBL Works at the University Level

Drew Perkins from The Teachthought Podcast talks with Kris Wobbe and Mia Dubosarsky from WPI about how they use PBL and STEM to help prepare their students at the post-secondary level in addition to pre-k through 12. The TeachThought Podcast delivers thoughtful heterodox conversations and ideas to help educators think about and craft and better prepare learners for the modern world.

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PBL Podcast Series on The Academic Minute, a WAMC National Production

Five WPI faculty members were featured on The Academic Minute, a two-and-a-half minute higher ed podcast hosted by the President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), highlighting what’s new and exciting in the academy. In this five-part series, WPI faculty talked about research and scholarly work focused on the impact of project-based learning (PBL), as well as the dynamics of team-based high impact practices.

Hear what they had to say in these 150 second audio segments.

In this first segment on the cost of higher education, Arthur Heinricher, professor of mathematical sciences, discussed the value of project-based learning. “Project-based learning works because it’s more than a pedagogical approach, more than a way to teach better. It’s a fundamental survival skill for the future our graduates must build.”

Rick Vaz, professor of interdisciplinary and global studies, discusses the impact of PBL on women in STEM fields in this podcast segment sharing “Project-based learning could be a powerful strategy to attract and retain more talented women into science and technology fields.”

This segment features Kristin Wobbe, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, who explains how project-based learning provides benefits from the beginning, starting with the first-year.

This featured podcast segment by Geoffrey Pfeifer, associate teaching professor, focused on inclusion and equity in student project teams. Pfiefer discusses tools to address implicit bias that exists in project teams—a recurrent problem in education and the work force.

Kent Rissmiller, associate professor of social science, discusses how project-based learning can set students up for success outside school, citing skillsets that graduates develop that bring benefits to employers, in this segment of the podcast series.