e-Learning for Educators
|Project Based Learning for Active WV Educators|
Participants will engage in interactive and discussion activities and readings to explore and develop engaging, student-centered projects that promote high-quality learning of content standards. Beginning with the end in mind, participants craft driving questions, plan assessments, map their project, and manage the implementation of project-based learning in their classrooms. Participants use realistic scenarios to design problem based learning which guide students to develop mastery of selected curriculum goals and standards.
**Participants in this course must be employed as a classroom teacher or a long-term substitute while participating in the course.
This course is designed to enable participants to understand the principles of Project-Based Learning (PBL) and to create and implement PBL projects in their classrooms. The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation during which participants actively explore and develop engaging, student-centered projects that promote high-quality learning of content. Participants investigate designing questions and assessments with the end in mind, questioning, planning, managing, and assessing PBL Learning projects. Participants will utilize standards-based instructional strategies to create PBL projects that enhance students’ learning.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course.
This workshop will enable participants to:
Assessment and Course Requirements
Each session includes readings, activities, and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete. High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course. Additionally, participants will develop portions of a PBL project design each week culminating in a Final Project PBL. Each project will be guided by a Final Project Template and a Final Project Rubric. Weekly submission of individual project components will be reviewed and feedback will be provided at midterm and on the final project.
As a final product, participants will complete a Project-Based Learning design template describing a complete plan for a project-based unit to be implemented in the coming school year. A mid-course check will occur during Session Three and the final project will be due during Session Six. Weekly sessions address components of this plan which will meet WV CSO’s and ISTE technology standards for instruction.
Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance and the degree to which they extend the discussion. Participants are to read all original messages by course colleagues and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session.
Session One: What is Project-Based Learning?
Session Two: Planning a Project-Based Learning Unit
Session Three: Framing Inquiry - The Project-Based Learning Process
Session Four: Technology in the Design, Structure, and Presentation of Project-Based Learning
Session Five: Assessing Project-Based Learning
Session Six: Creating Your Own Project-Based Learning Unit