The Center for Project Based Learning, a division of the Curriculum and Instruction Department at Sam Houston State University, has been approved to provide a platform for the study and implementation of PBL for all grade levels, K-16.
Boston University- Center for Teaching and Learning
"Project-based learning (PBL) involves students designing, developing, and constructing hands-on solutions to a problem. The educational value of PBL is that it aims to build students’ creative capacity to work through difficult or ill-structured problems, commonly in small teams. Typically, PBL takes students through the following phases or steps:
Identifying a problem
Agreeing on or devising a solution and potential solution path to the problem (i.e., how to achieve the solution)
Designing and developing a prototype of the solution
Refining the solution based on feedback from experts, instructors, and/or peers
PBL and 21st Century Competencies
Project Based Learning has been shown to yield a number of benefits for students, ranging from
deeper learning of academic content to stronger motivation to learn. Looking specifically at how
PBL supports 21st century learning goals, we can find several promising areas
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience. PBL presents opportunities for deeper learning in-context and for the development of important skills tied to college and career readiness.
Introducing Project-Based Learning to First-Year Students
Project-based learning holds a lot of appeal. It’s hands on. It focuses on real challenges. And it engages students in self-directed, open-ended learning.
But how can you design a course appropriate for first-year students? They don’t have the disciplinary knowledge or, perhaps, the organizational skills necessary to make project-based learning work well.