Active & Project-Based Learning (Kufa Workshop 2013)
Active & Project-BasedLearning UsingTwitter & Google AppsChristopher S. Rice, Ph.D.Associate Director for Teaching & TechnologyCenter for the Enhancement of Learning & TeachingUniversity of Kentucky
Active Learning:Analysis - Synthesis - Evaluation
Active Learning:•Think-Pair-Share•Minute Papers•Collaborative Learning Group•Simulation/Role Playing•Student Debate/Fishbowl
“Project-Based Learning is a comprehensiveinstructional approach to engage learners insustained, cooperative investigation (Bransford& Stein, 1993). Project-Based Learning is ateaching and learning strategy that engageslearners in complex activities. It usually requiresmultiple stages and an extended duration--morethan a few class periods and up to a fullsemester. Projects focus on the creation of aproduct or performance, and generally call uponlearners to choose and organize their activities,conduct research, and synthesize information.”“Project-Based Learning - What is it?”Seungyeon Han and Kakali BhattacharyaDepartment of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, University of Georgia(http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Constructionism%2C_Learning_by_Design%2C_and_Project_Based_Learning)
Elements of Project-Based LearningMelissa Palmer, et al. 7 components of project-based learning: http://youtu.be/Vm_NoayYkLo• Learner-centered environment – feedback and continuedassessment• Collaboration – peer feedback, pbl.• Integration of Content – clear goals in process ANDproduct• Authentic Tasks – addresses real-world issues relevant tostudents’ lives and/or communities• Multiple Presentation Modes – multiple technologies usedin the planning, preparation or presentation of projectwork.• Time Management – need time for meaningful doing andlearning.• Innovative Assessment – ongoing, varied and frequentassessment from peers, self, instructor as well asreflection.
What are the beneﬁts?According to Edutopia:•Connecting academic learning toreal-life issues and applications•Better retention of knowledgegained•Skills in pursuing individually-directed work as well as team-based work•Improved technology integration
Planning Considerations• Real world challenge or problem at the core• Curriculum Based• Small team organization of course• Multi-disciplinary/multi-skill approach to work• Must be a deliverable(s) at the end of the course• Peer evaluation and accountability as well as instructorevaluation.• Other considerations:‣ Journaling‣ Shared Workspace‣ Scaffolding – build skills through smaller projects thatlead up to the big project.