ERIC Number: ED486531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Online Professional Development for Project Based Learning: Pathways to Systematic Improvement
Ravitz, Jason; Mergendoller, John; Markham, Thom; Thorsen, Carolyn; Rice, Kerry; Snelson, Chareen; Reberry, Sherawn
Beryl Buck Institute for Education
This paper describes efforts to increase the prevalence, rigor and relevance of Project Based Learning in US schools and internationally. Under a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), US Department of Education, the Buck Institute for Education and partners are offering: 1) an online staff development resource, 2) modules for use in teacher training institutions, 3) a re-usable online 3-credit course, and 4) a way to share projects, collaborate on research, and advance understanding of effective use of projects in the classroom. The PBL-Online web site will offer a multi-pathway, interactive, video rich website designed to prepare pre-service and practicing teachers to implement academically rigorous, standards-focused Project Based Learning (PBL). The online materials are based on the BIE "Project Based Learning Handbook" that provides teachers with in-depth, systematic instruction in the planning, implementation and assessment of standards-focused PBL. Our work with the Handbook was recently highlighted as a key resource for proponents of small school reform in an evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation National School District and Network Grants Program conducted by the American Institutes for Research with SRI International on page 65 of the report (http://smallhs.sri.com). Making this Handbook available online and offering online instruction in its use will support wider use and study of this promising but often either underutilized or misunderstood approach. Appended are: (1) PBL-online Homepage; (2) Modules for Pathway 2: Designing Your Project; (3) Exploration Sections in Each Module; and (4) Links to Website and Supplemental Resources.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Beryl Buck Inst. for Education, Novato, CA.