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Implications of web based project learning


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  • 1. By Whitney Walsh
  • 2. Web-based Learning
    • Web-based project learning is a “student- driven, teacher facilitated approach to learning.”
    • Students develop an inquiry based on their natural curiosity and conduct research under the teacher’s supervision.
    • (Bell, 2010)
  • 3. Advantages
    • Develops skills for the real world
    • Increases intrinsic motivation
    • Incorporates higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • 4. Real World Implications
    • “Project-based learning[…] can provide students with the opportunity to work with emerging technologies and also gain important industrial experience.”
      • (Gibson, O’Reilly & Hughes, 2002)
    • “Students gain valuable skills that will build a strong foundation for their future in our global economy.” (Bell, 2010)
  • 5. Valuable Skills Gained
    • Technological Skills
    • Internet safety
    • Reliable vs. Unreliable sources
    • Accountability
    • Goal setting
    • Independence
    • Team Work
  • 6. Intrinsic Motivation
    • “ [A] teaching strategy providing choices could produce dramatic increases in students’ intrinsic motivation and engagement in learning”
    • “[Web-based project learning] can enhance student motivation and promote self-directed learning because the learning issues usually arise from problems that attract the interest of students”
      • (Lam, Cheng & Ma, 2008)
  • 7. Guided by Interest
    • Choice
    • Motivation
    • Stimulates Curiosity
    • Active role in learning
  • 8. Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • 9.
    • ‘[Project based learners] demonstrate a real grasp (learning, understanding, and application) of the material under study and illustrate the wide potential for learning and information gathering provided by the web.”
    • (Gibson, O’Reilly & Hughes, 2002)
  • 10. Disadvantages
    • Social loafing: some students reported negative group experiences due to their perception of social loafing
    • (Lam, Cheng & Ma, 2008)
    • This is why building a community in your classroom and teaching students about accountability is important before beginning a web-based project
  • 11. Disadvantages
    • As a new teaching approach, project based learning has encountered skepticism, because it bears little resemblance to current practices or methods teachers had learned and experienced as students themselves.
    • (Lam, Cheng & Ma, 2008)
    • As teachers we are suppose to be constantly learning. This new approach to teaching is another thing teachers will have to learn in order to produce the most successful students.
  • 12. Disadvantages
    • Scaffolding is needed for success. This means that teachers will need to put in a lot of time, as well as much support and monitoring.
    • Yes, successfully implicating a web-based project will take a lot of time at first, but the whole idea of scaffolding is that it is temporary. As the students gain skills, the scaffolds are removed, creating a more teacher-facilitated approach.
  • 13.
    • “Should there be questions relating to ICT in the curriculum, they must be concerned with ‘how’ it can best be included, rather than ‘why’ it should.”
    • (Gibson, O’Reilly & Hughes, 2002)
  • 14. References
    • Bell, S. (2010). Project-Based Learning for the 21 st Century: Skills for the
    • Future. Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas
    • [serial online]. January 1, 2010;83(2):39-43. Available from: ERIC, Ipswich,
    • MA. Accessed May 25, 2010.
    • Gibson, I., O’Reilly, C., & Hughes, M. (2002) Integration of ICT within a
    • Project-Based Learning Environment. European Journal of Engineering
    • Education, 27(1), 21-30. Retrieved from ERIC database. Accessed May 25,
    • 2010.
    • Lam, S., Cheng, R., & Ma, W. (2008) Teacher and Student Intrinsic Motivation
    • in Project-Based Learning. Instructional Science . September
    • 16, 2008;37(6): 565-578. Retrieved from Springer Link. Accessed May 25,
    • 2010.
  • 15. References
    • McKimm, J., Jollie, C., & Cantillon, P. (2003). Abc of Learning and Teaching:
    • Web Based Learning. British Medical Journal . April 19, 2003; 326(7394):
    • 870-873. Retrieved from JSTOR. Accessed May 25, 2010.