Project-Based Learning Workshop Series – Save the Dates!

ETS will host a fall workshop series on Project-Based Learning. Kris Wobbe, the director from the Center for Project-Based Learning1 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute will lead each 90-minute workshop.

All who attend will receive a copy of Project-Based Learning in the First Year: Beyond all Expectations (Stylus, 2019).

Dates and Topics: 

Thursday, Aug 18 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am 

TopicSupporting Equitable and Effective Student Teams

Outcomes: Participants will

  • Understand how to support student work on teams
  • Have a better understanding of and ability to promote an equitable classroom culture
  • Use tools to foster a culture of equity so that all students have a better chance of benefiting from teamwork

Thursday, Sept 22 – Common Hour (11:30-1:00)

TopicPBL as a First Year and General Education Strategy

Outcomes: Participants will

  • Identify advantages of using PBL in first year and gen ed courses
  • Identify key challenges and supports needed to effectively use PBL in these courses
  • Examine example projects from first year and gen ed courses

Tuesday, Oct 18 – Fall Break Day 2  (10:00-11:00)

TopicPBL in Capstone Courses

Outcomes: Participants will

  • Identify advantages of using PBL in capstones
  • Examine example projects and range of deliverables from capstone courses
  • Discuss the possibilities of sponsored projects

Thursday, Nov 17 – Common Hour  (11:30-1:00)

TopicFeedback, Evaluation and Assessment Strategies for PBL

Outcomes: Participants will

  • Discuss best practices for providing feedback to & evaluation of students during PBL
  • Identify mechanisms for supporting assessment of individuals in team-based projects
  • Explore use of peer-feedback and review during PBL

1 Worcester Polytechnic Institute has nearly 50 years of experience in project-based learning. Their Center for Project-based Learning was established in January of 2016. The center’s mission is “to support and coach committed higher education institutions to drive sustainable and systemic pedagogical, curricular and cultural reform so that a rapidly growing set of students has multiple meaningful project-based learning (PBL) experiences. The Center serves as the hub for PBL in higher education by developing, curating and sharing best practices that advance the field.”