Project-based Learning Summit

Learning that sticks presentation - spring 2019

Do you currently have your students do projects? Are you interested in integrating real-world problems into your curriculum? Do you want to use an inquiry-based method of learning that is intellectually stimulating and engaging to students?  If so, please come join us in a Project-based Learning Summit. The Project-based Learning Summit is designed to help faculty explore and implement a project-based
learning curriculum aligning with core course outcomes. In this two-day interactive workshop, faculty will gain insights, knowledge, and skills to transform their curriculum.

August 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in D104E. 16 PD Hours | Lunch is provided. Register Today! 

Participants who attend both days and complete deliverables will receive a stipend of $250*


PBL 101: Designing and Engaging ProjectWe will investigate:
• Doing a project vs. project-based learning
• Making projects authentic for students
• Putting project-based learning into practice— providing structure for open-ended, discovery-based work
Assessment for Project-based LearningWe will explore:
• The principles of the “transparency framework” for assignment and assessment design
• Assessing “soft skills” like teamwork
• Effective formative & summative team assessments BC faculty have used before
• Strengths and limitations of different approaches to assessment and grading
Fostering Effective Team Dynamics in Student ProjectsWe’ll also investigate:
• Strengths and limitations of different approaches to team formation
• The role of assessment in fostering positive team dynamics
• Methods to encourage teams to solve their own problems


Project-based Learning in the Online EnvironmentWe will investigate:
• Synchronous vs. asynchronous methods of coordinating project teams
• Providing structure and scaffolding for projects in the online environment
• Strategies for creating team-based deliverables
Deeper Impact: Working with Community and Industry PartnersWe will investigate:
• Work that BC faculty from across campus have already done with external partners
• Ways in which you might work with RISE to identify and recruit potential partners
• Strategies for “scoping” and troubleshooting projects with external clients
Finding Resources and Building Collaboration for PBLWe’ll investigate:
• Strategies for obtaining grants and leveraging on-campus sources of funding such as professional development funding, the RISE Award, the Lockwood, and Foundation Mini-Grants
• Methods for making more time and space for projects, including Interdisciplinary Studies courses, multi-quarter course sequences, and other interdisciplinary collaborations
• Opportunities to partner with units and student clubs on campus that could serve as “clients” for projects


If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Kato ( or Michael Reese (

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Last Updated August 9, 2019