Project Based Learning (PBL)
Understanding the Difference
Project Based Learning
|Limited opportunities for choices.||Most of the project choices are made by the students.|
|The outcome of the project is closed. Every project has the same goal. Differences in project outcomes will be minimal.||The outcome of the project is open. Students’ choices will determine unique goals and result in different and often delightful projects.|
|Requires instructor’s attention after projects are complete in assessing, reading, attending seminars, & grading.||Requires instructor’s guidance & team collaboration throughout the project lifetime as well as preparation work before the project.|
|Project problem is trivially reduced and may not simulate real situations that are faced in the real world.||Project problem is or closely resembles work done in the real world.|
|Are often based on teacher perceptions that may or may not be explicitly shared with the students.||Are often graded against a defined, explicit rubric made or modified specifically for the project.|
Is my project ready for PBL?
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PBL Resources used at Mines*
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