[youtube http://youtu.be/dFySmS9_y_0] Video: An Introduction to Project-based learning (3:34)
In earlier courses you learned about the key educational principles behind innovative approaches to learning and how digital literacy prepares students for a digital society. One way of bringing this approach to life in the classroom is through project-based approaches to learning. The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the key components of a structured project and we will use the WebQuest as an example. The course is practical, exploring and analysing existing projects, and inviting participants to develop their own project using a 4-part structure. A planning template provides a “place” where the various ideas and aspects involved in a project design can be systematically collected. Where relevant, the concepts underlying the various aspects of a project are referenced and briefly explored.
Once you successfully complete the course you will be able to:
- Analyse existing projects and recognise examples of sound principles, best practice and practical ideas for your own practice;
- Plan a WebQuest or similarly structured project;
- Plan a curriculum-aligned assessment strategy for a project;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of a WebQuest or similarly structured project;
- Select appropriate digital resources which are useful for teachers preparing and learners working on projects.