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PBL Method is a free (gratis) online professional development course for teachers. It is an open community designed to support your learning around project-based learning planning, implementation, and assessment. All teachers from all sectors are welcome. For a one time $10 payment you can retrieve a PD certificate, or support the ongoing costs of this community. Learn more in the video below.

Inside Introduction to Project Based Learning



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Introduction to Project Based Learning

This module introduces Project-Based Learning in overview. There are some interactive activities to complete, and some discussion to participate in. By the end of this module we will have developed a shared understanding of PBL, the impetus, and some basic assumptions about the style of teaching & learning.

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Welcome to PBL Method

— Part 2 —
Lesson One: Getting Started

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Discussion Board

— Part 4 —
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Planning Project Based Learning Units

This module introduces planning for Project-Based Learning implementation. It looks in depth at how we might design a driving question, what design briefs look like, and where to begin. I'll also bring in some community member examples so we can see it in action!

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Planning PBL

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Areas of consideration

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Aligning to Standards

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Gold Standard PBL

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Two barriers to PBL implementation

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Discussion Board

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Managing Projects

SCRUMS, project management solutions, and everything in-between. This module explores how we can manage PBL in the classroom, both from a classroom management perspective, but also avoiding things like scope creep, and off task time.

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Project Management and SCRUMs

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SCRUM Boards

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Getting Started & SCRUM

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Discussion Board

— Part 5 —
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Balancing Concepts and Skills

This module explores how we can balance the deep understanding of concepts, and the development of necessary skills - to PBL and life. Drawing from some of the research I did, and some of the fantastic work of Kalantzis and Cope, we explore how we can manage these requirements.

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Balancing Knowledge and Skills

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Share Task Ideas

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Research Based Examples

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Discussion Board

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Reading: Evidence teachers use to evaluate their impact on students' learning

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Authentic Audiences

Industry, parents, community... This module is all about how to connect with authentic audiences for PBL exhibitions, for provocations and for all good things outside sources can offer you.

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Industry Engagement Story

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Tips for Industry Engagement

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Seeking Authentic Feedback

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Discussion Board

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Why use external audiences?

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Our Teaching Philosophy

In this module we'll think about some of the deeper 'goings on' behind PBL. Let's look at student-directed learning, what PBL means for us philosophically, where our learning theory sits, who some of the key theorists are, and what we stand to learn from reflection.

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Reflection questions

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STEM and PBL

In this module we'll look at how we can teach STEM with PBL, bringing in some of the work from earlier modules, and developing some community directed examples of this work in the classroom. You'll also be able to read some excerpts from my thesis, and other writing.