1. What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?In research conducted by the AutoDesk Foundation, teachers from seventeen schools agreed that PBL exhibited similar characteristics:
Characteristics of project- based learning
- Students make decisions within a prescribed framework.
- There’s a problem or challenge without a predetermined solution.
- Students design the process for reaching a solution.
- Students are responsible for accessing and managing the information they gather.
- Evaluation takes place continuously.
- Students regularly reflect on what they’re doing.
- A final product (not necessarily material) is produced and is evaluated for quality.
- The classroom has an atmosphere that tolerates error and change.
students engaged in a project...
- ...have some choice in deciding what they will work on.
- ...plan their own project.
- ...participate in defining criteria and rubrics to assess their project.
- ...solve problems they encounter while working on their project.
- ...make some sort of presentation of their project.