Implications of web based project learning


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Implications of web based project learning

  1. 1. By Whitney Walsh
  2. 2. Web-based Learning <ul><li>Web-based project learning is a “student- driven, teacher facilitated approach to learning.” </li></ul><ul><li>Students develop an inquiry based on their natural curiosity and conduct research under the teacher’s supervision. </li></ul><ul><li>(Bell, 2010) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Advantages <ul><li>Develops skills for the real world </li></ul><ul><li>Increases intrinsic motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporates higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy </li></ul>
  4. 4. Real World Implications <ul><li>“Project-based learning[…] can provide students with the opportunity to work with emerging technologies and also gain important industrial experience.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li> (Gibson, O’Reilly & Hughes, 2002) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“Students gain valuable skills that will build a strong foundation for their future in our global economy.” (Bell, 2010) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Valuable Skills Gained <ul><li>Technological Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Internet safety </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable vs. Unreliable sources </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Goal setting </li></ul><ul><li>Independence </li></ul><ul><li>Team Work </li></ul>
  6. 6. Intrinsic Motivation <ul><li>“ [A] teaching strategy providing choices could produce dramatic increases in students’ intrinsic motivation and engagement in learning” </li></ul><ul><li>“[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” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Lam, Cheng & Ma, 2008) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Guided by Interest <ul><li>Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulates Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Active role in learning </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bloom’s Taxonomy
  9. 9. <ul><li>‘[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.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Gibson, O’Reilly & Hughes, 2002) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Disadvantages <ul><li>Social loafing: some students reported negative group experiences due to their perception of social loafing </li></ul><ul><li>(Lam, Cheng & Ma, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>This is why building a community in your classroom and teaching students about accountability is important before beginning a web-based project </li></ul>
  11. 11. Disadvantages <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>(Lam, Cheng & Ma, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Disadvantages <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>“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.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Gibson, O’Reilly & Hughes, 2002) </li></ul>
  14. 14. References <ul><li>Bell, S. (2010). Project-Based Learning for the 21 st Century: Skills for the </li></ul><ul><li>Future. Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>[serial online]. January 1, 2010;83(2):39-43. Available from: ERIC, Ipswich, </li></ul><ul><li>MA. Accessed May 25, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Gibson, I., O’Reilly, C., & Hughes, M. (2002) Integration of ICT within a </li></ul><ul><li>Project-Based Learning Environment. European Journal of Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Education, 27(1), 21-30. Retrieved from ERIC database. Accessed May 25, </li></ul><ul><li>2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Lam, S., Cheng, R., & Ma, W. (2008) Teacher and Student Intrinsic Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>in Project-Based Learning. Instructional Science . September </li></ul><ul><li>16, 2008;37(6): 565-578. Retrieved from Springer Link. Accessed May 25, </li></ul><ul><li>2010. </li></ul>
  15. 15. References <ul><li>McKimm, J., Jollie, C., & Cantillon, P. (2003). Abc of Learning and Teaching: </li></ul><ul><li>Web Based Learning. British Medical Journal . April 19, 2003; 326(7394): </li></ul><ul><li>870-873. Retrieved from JSTOR. Accessed May 25, 2010. </li></ul>