2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5780 Project-Based Learning in Elem

If you’re looking for strategies for creating consistently engaging lessons that promote critical thinking, capture student attention, and provide real-world connections, project-based learning may be for you. In project-based learning, students work for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. This approach engages students in solving real-world problems, often reaching across subject areas and encouraging students to see connections between disciplines.

This course will introduce you to project-based learning by clearly explaining what it is and what it isn’t, and providing examples of a variety of projects for analysis. After developing a clear understanding of project-based learning, you will brainstorm project ideas, driving questions, and culminating products. Using backward design, you will design projects based on student interests and curricular requirements. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to plan and implement project-based learning in your classroom to inspire and engage elementary students.