Through the Center for Project-Based Learning, WPI will develop and deliver custom workshops and seminars for colleges and universities—workshops offered to groups of different sizes and compositions, and tailored to your institution’s interests, goals, and level of experience with project-based learning. These workshops will be conducted onsite at your institution’s campus. This provides the opportunity to engage a large and diverse representation from your campus community across disciplines and administration staff—a critical component when addressing topics of institutional change.
These workshops are designed to include a mix of interactive activities, collaborative team exercises, and teachings using proven examples of how to bring project work into your curriculum. Workshop topics can range from themes about projects in the first year to major capstone projects to community-based projects to study abroad projects, and much more. Participants should expect to leave these workshops with a better understanding of the fundamental skills to make project-based learning work for students on your campus and how faculty can support project-based learning.
Evaluation and assessment of project-based learning may sometimes present a challenge, particularly if project-based learning is a relatively new approach at your institution or if experts within your own institution are stretched thinly already. WPI offers workshops designed to build your capacity in evaluation and assessment. Topics can be focused on broad interests, such as formative assessment during PBL or grading PBL for course credit, or they can target precise needs, such as how to create a logic model for your department’s PBL initiative or how to develop rubrics to assess cultural responsiveness of PBL or learning objectives specific to your projects.
Contact us if you would like to explore whether a workshop is right for your institution. Through a series of conversations, we will listen to your needs, help determine goals and propose a workshop structure that will be most beneficial to you.
“The two-day project-based learning workshop delivered by WPI on our campus was an important catalyst for discussions, collaborations, and forward motion for our college. The opportunities for focused, productive discussions both within and across departmental teams were invaluable.”
“WPI conducted an intensive workshop on project-based learning on our campus that served as a very effective catalyst, providing the information, guidance, and encouragement that we needed. The result is that we now have an ongoing discussion and working group that aims to add project-based learning experiences to our course offerings.”