How do i get started with #PBL?October 26, 2012
Recently a number of colleagues have asked me “I’ve done all the research, but how do i get started with PBL?”
My answer has been to simply do it.
Start small, become emboldened and then go for broke.
Here is a summary of the steps i take to build a PBL unit.
- Read through the syllabus outcomes (content and skills) that will form a context or springboard for learning
- Think about some real world connections to the syllabus or beyond the syllabus
- Using the syllabus and real world connections as a filter to think about what students could do/write/create/build and how they will do it.
- Write instructions on how to complete the project/problem/challenge
- Do the project/problem/challenge yourself (and then go back and rewrite the instructions)
- Work backwards through the time available and identify a range of activities that build the required skills and knowledge.
- The best way to build the unit is iteratively. Look at the big picture, then in increasingly smaller chunks.
- Think about an introduction to the PBL – anything is valid from a short presentation to a guest speaker.