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 (20 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 

Coming in 2020.

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