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Why PBL?

With so many pedagogical ideas flying around, student teachers or teachers improving their practice through professional development would understandably ask: why should I use project based learning in my teaching?

There are many answers to that question. Here is one…

 

And here is another which focuses on defining PBL explaining its rationale

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Preparing a PBL presentation

PBL being the act of learning through identifying a real-world problem and developing its solution, always ends in the presentation of both the product and the learning process or project implementation process.

But how do you structure your presentation? What guidelines do you use to ensure that you prepare a presentation that’s up to standard?

BIE has the following rubric to fall on when planning a presentation. Useful at the presentation stage. Though it’s individualised, you can change the pronoun to be plural and inclusive of the collaborative group.

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PBL presentation guide

Teachers should be model learners

There is an argument used by observers of successful education systems in the world, that great education systems have the best quality teachers. But such teachers are not simply developed through initial teacher training but rather through continuous professional development. In other words, the best teachers are learning teachers that continue to develop and learn as they grow in their profession.

When you look at project-based learning and the theories and goals behind it, such as constructivism, experiential and reflective learning, collaborative learning and individual growth, all these are features that a teacher needs to have to take charge of his or her learning in the course of the profession. It is therefore not far fetched to argue that PBL in pre-service teacher education does not only serve immediate learning needs but it also builds lifelong learning skills that pre-service teachers will need for the rest of their teaching careers.

Here is an interesting video by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (Aitsl) highlighting the importance of teacher learning and successful education systems. Take a look and reflect with comments.

PBL Implementation Schedule

Any project needs a schedule indicating the timeline for the deliverables. To facilitate the implementation of the project-based learning module, a schedule was created to guide students and lecturers in planning the processes. Due to the tightness of the schedule resulting from the time that students had to spent away from their campuses on school-based study activities, the schedule has been amended. The new schedule has a more realistic outlook and offers a more friendly time-frame within which students can complete their work.

Here is the new schedule

PBL Implementation schedule

PBL Implementation schedule

You are always welcome to leave comments below the post.

What is PBL?

This is the basic question that one may ask in order to understand the concept of Project-Based Learning and how it can be successfully implemented.

The YouTube video below gives a simple description of what Project-Based learning is and how it can be used. Through watching the video, more questions can arise which can then help to start a further discussion on the topic.

 

In order to understand the concept of project based learning, it is as well important to make use of discussions on the web that are shedding light on the concept. Below are a list of websites with useful articles on the topic.

  • Project-based learning is a simple Wikipedia article on PBL. It addresses issues such as the definition, key learning theories on which it is based, its structure, the elements and features its made up of, some examples of PBL projects, the roles of students and instructors, learning outcomes and also some criticism leveled against PBL.
  • PBL? Am I doing it right? is an article offering features of PBL and how it differs from traditional teaching/learning methods. It helps one to understand by outlining the key elements of PBL and clarifying how effective PBL should be through using a continuum between most and least effective implementation approaches.
  • What is project-based learning? gives information regarding the overview, history, and the views of the experts and research on it.

 

But then what the difference between projects in  PBL and ordinary projects? TeachThought offers a good distinction between projects and project-based learning.

Welcome

Welcome to the Project-based learning online platform. This is the place where key information about the PBL module and the supportive information and resources for the module and student projects will be shared.

Please feel free to engage with me by posting comments, replies or following me on Twitter and ask questions or share ideas and resources that you may have. I am excited by this meaningful and exciting approach to learning and I am hoping that we will learn together through this exciting project.