Project-Based Instruction (PBI), also known as Project-Based Learning, is an instructional strategy in which students learn knowledge and skills by identifying a real-world problem and collaboratively develop a solution. PBI helps engage students, makes content relevant, promotes 21st-century skills, and provides active learning experiences. This course offers educators a detailed exploration into the benefits and methodology of using Project-Based Instruction to provide authentic and challenging experiences for their students, emphasizing blended learning strategies.
Cohorts starting in January 2022.
The Texas Education Agency will reimburse Texas school districts and open enrollment charter schools (local education agencies) for UTeach Blended Learning professional development through August 2023.
Designing Project-Based Instruction and Blended Learning
This course offers educators a detailed exploration into the benefits and methodology of using Project-Based Instruction to provide authentic and challenging experiences for their students, emphasizing blended learning strategies.
During this course, participants will explore the instructional philosophy behind PBI, engage in online discussions about PBI with colleagues, and develop tools for writing and teaching PBI lessons with blended learning strategies. Participants will be able to select, modify, and build upon a standards-based PBI unit from the provided resources to create a PBI unit for their own classroom, or to develop their own project idea. The course guides participants step by step through planning their PBI unit that incorporates blended learning strategies.
Prerequisite: Completion of Foundations of Blended Learning
Course length: 12 weeks
CPE hours: 30 hours
Implementing Project-Based Instruction and Blended Learning
This course offers an extension to the Designing Project-Based Instruction for the Blended Classroom course. This course provides participants step-by-step guidance and support in bringing their blended PBI unit to life as they transition from plan to action. Some of the advanced features include scheduling the PBI unit, creating detailed formative and summative assessments, and providing scaffolding to learners of various educational and ability levels.
Additional areas of exploration include designing the launch, identifying community members or experts in the field to provide feedback or participate in the final project presentation panel, and developing ideas for soliciting resources and materials. Each course module gives special attention to identifying and integrating blended learning materials and opportunities into each stage of the unit. Synchronous Zoom sessions offer participants opportunities for collaboration with the facilitator and other course participants.
Prerequisite: Completion of Foundations of Blended Learning and Designing Project-Based Instruction in the Blended Learning Classroom
Course length: 12 weeks
CPE hours: 20 hours