Online Course - PBL Jumpstart: Teach
This course is designed to guide teachers in their shift to becoming a Project Based teacher. You’ll learn how to incorporate effective teaching practices you already use into the framework of PBL, and you’ll learn how to assume a new and rewarding role in the classroom. Participants will become stronger facilitators of Project Based Learning through the Project Based Teaching Practices. This course was formerly called Becoming a Project Based Teacher.
Winter: Mondays, January 8 - March 1, 2024
Summer: Mondays, July 1 - August 23, 2024
Fall: Mondays, September 9 - November 1, 2024
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Optional graduate-level professional development credit will be available through Southern New Hampshire University for an additional $120 fee. More information about credits is available at the first course session.
Who should take this course?
This course is ideal for teachers who are just getting started with Project Based Learning and/or those looking to strengthen the practices that lead to successful and sustainable implementation of PBL. It’s also a great opportunity for those who want to learn through a combination of self-paced learning and weekly facilitated sessions. Please note: If you want to learn how to adapt a project for your context, start with PBL Jumpstart: Design.
This course is also a good fit for teachers seeking to advance their PBL expertise and those who want to earn optional graduate-level professional development credit.
- Build on existing practice to become a stronger Project Based Teacher.
- Understand the mindset and conditions students need to achieve rigorous learning goals through PBL.
- Know how to use Project Based Teaching practices to benefit ALL students.
- Identify the next steps for continued growth as a Project Based Teacher.
- Instruction: Facilitated 90-minute weekly sessions and self-paced, independent work
- Grading: Pass/Fail
- Class Size: Up to 50 students
- Course Length: 8 weeks
- University Credit: Optional graduate-level professional development credit is available for an add-on fee.
Week 1: Build the Culture – required 90-minute online session
Create a welcoming learning community with your fellow course participants and learn why high-quality PBL is “main course” learning.
Week 2: Design and Plan – independent work and optional online session
Focus on the 7 Essential Project Design Elements for Gold Standard PBL to set the stage for high-quality learning experiences for your students.
Week 3: Align to Standards – independent work and optional online session
Align your project to learning goals that are important and appropriate for PBL to ensure academic rigor.
Week 4: Manage Activities – required 90-minute online session
Build your project management toolkit and experience what it’s like to interview a content expert.
Week 5: Scaffold Student Learning – independent work and optional online session
Ensure that all students can succeed with PBL by planning for appropriate support.
Week 6: Assess Student Learning – independent work and optional online session
Apply assessment strategies to keep learning on track in a project from start to finish.
Week 7: Engage and Coach – independent work and optional online session
Fine-tune your strategies for engaging and coaching students by focusing on your “teacher moves” at the beginning, middle, and end of projects.
Week 8: Celebrate and Reflect – required 90-minute online session
Showcase your learning and reflect on your next steps as a Project Based Teacher in our final online session.
Learning Documents & Materials
Required Text: none, required materials are provided online
Supplemental Reading (optional): Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning (Boss, Larmer, & Mergendoller, 2015)
In addition, each module includes:
- Background building (via short readings, video case studies, interactive learning activities)
- Formative assessment (either for self-assessment or shared with facilitator), including focused discussions, weekly reflection, open response prompts, quizzes, and peer critique.
- Collaborative learning (e.g., guided discussion with subset of classmates, collaborative response to scenarios)
- Weekly journal entry in response to specific reflection prompt (journal is submitted as final deliverable)
- Final product will be presented in Week 8 during a synchronous session and contributed to an idea bank
- Peer assessments, based on rubric for final product
- Desktop, laptop, Chromebook, or Surface PRO 4 or newer are ideal. (We do not recommend iOS or Android tablets)
- Speakers (either external or internal) or headphones/earbuds
- Webcam (either external or internal)
- An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless
- 3Mbps/3Mbps (upload/download) – Not sure? Check here.
- Mac OS 10.10 or newer, Windows 10 or newer, and Chrome OS Browsers
- Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge are recommended.