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Inspiring students to risk, to create, and to explore

terrific-flying-birds-tattoo-designRed Burns‘s introduction to her Applications class at NYU’s ITP program should be in your PBL Tool Box to be taken out and shared with students as they embark on challenging PBL tasks:

What I want you to know:
That there is a difference between the mundane and the inspired.
That the biggest danger is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge
That any human organization must inevitably juggle internal contradictions – the imperatives of efficiency and the countervailing human trade-offs
That the inherent preferences in organizations are efficiency, clarity, certainty, and perfection.
That human beings are ambiguous, uncertain, and imperfect.
That how you balance and integrate these contradictory characteristics is difficult
That imagination, not calculation, is the “difference” that makes the difference
That there is constant juggling between the inherent contradictions of a management imperative of efficiency and the human reality of ambiguity and uncertainty
That you are a new kind of professional – comfortable with analytical and creative modes of learning Continue reading

Register Now: How to Teach Online (free MOOC)

how_to_teach_online_banner_980x120.2.1.1.1How To Teach Online is a massive, open, online course (MOOC) that takes a broad view of teaching online.  No fees are required to join and participate.

Register Now! Week 0 = September 2-8

This five-week MOOC is for… Continue reading

Problem-Based Learning Standards

What does it mean to design and teach a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) course? Practitioners of PBL in the University of Hawaii System researched this question and pulled from their own experience to develop the attached Problem-Based Learning Standards. This is… Continue reading

Developing Authentic Assessments: Have My Students Learned Anything?

Waterfall in HawaiiPRLS 2013 at Leeward CC, Pearl City, Hawaii

May 13-17, 2013

Info: http://prls2013.weebly.com

You’ve designed the assignment, met with students as they worked on it, and now you have the finished product in front of you. The results are not what you expected, and you ask yourself, “Are my students really learning anything?”

If this scenario is even vaguely familiar, this workshop track is for you. We will go through a step-by-step process, starting with student learning outcomes and culminating with assessment tasks and measurement tools. Continue reading

PBL in Aalborg, Denmark

PBL UNESCO Aalborg UniversityApril 3-4, 2013: Jane Ostrander & Judith Fredrickson, Truckee Meadows Community College, participated in a PBL workshop sponsored by the UNESCO PBL Chair at Aalborg University, Aalborg, DK. We were introduced to the Aalborg model of PBL. The University was founded as a PBL university. Each term students work in teams to develop and solve a semester long problem that meets set Continue reading