UTeach Project-Based Instruction Series

Earn your UTeach Project-Based Instruction (PBI) designation. All courses are online, asynchronous, and led by UTeach Professional Development facilitators.

Project-based instruction is an instructional strategy that helps engage students, make content relevant, and provide active learning experiences. The course series is designed for educators who are interested in providing authentic and challenging experiences for their students.

The PBI series draws on recent publications, web-based resources, and video examples that focus on a various topics related to PBI. Each stage of the course contains application tasks that will help you use key concepts and practical strategies.

For more information about registering for our Project-Based Instruction courses, please complete this form.

PBI 101 Exploring Project-Based Instruction (12 hours)

This course provides opportunities for participants to engage in a mini PBI project, learn about the instructional philosophy behind PBI, develop tools for writing and teaching PBI lessons, and engage in online discussions about PBI with colleagues. By the end of the course, participants will have a strong understanding of PBI elements and their role in student learning. 

Learning Objectives

  • Participate in an introductory activity featuring collaboration and contrast it with a full PBL experience.
  • Gain insight about the philosophy and research behind PBI.
  • Explore teacher resources from PBLWorks and investigate tools for designing PBI lessons.
  • Select, review, and suggest adaptations for current PBL lessons.
  • Establish a network of colleagues to share your PBI journey.

PBI 102 Designing Project-Based Instruction (20 hours)

This course begins with a review of project-based instruction (PBI) and guides participants step by step through the process of planning their own project. The PBI approach to teaching allows students to work together to ask questions, create artifacts, and present their ideas for solving authentic problems. By the end of the course, participants will have completed a project planning guide.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the principles of backward design.
  • Apply the principles of backward design to project planning.
  • Select educational standards and determine learning goals for the project.
  • Articulate student products and develop rubrics to assess student work.
  • Identify ways to support student reflection and self-assessment.
  • Finalize the project planning guide.
  • Complete a self-assessment and provide feedback to peers.

PBI 103 Implementing Project-Based Instruction (10 hours)

This course is part three in a three-part series. To fully participate in this course you will need a strong understanding of PBI as an instructional approach and you will need to have created or identified a project to implement in your classroom. During this course, you will participate in planning activities, implement your project, reflect on your work, and engage in discussion.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Review the central features of PBI 
  • Prepare for a successful PBI experience 
  • Learn strategies for successful project management 
  • Set an implementation timeline for a PBI experience 
  • Work collaboratively to trouble shoot current projects 
  • Explore strategies for ensuring high quality student work 
  • Consider elements of a successful project wrap up 

For more information about registering for our Project-Based Instruction courses, please complete this form.