This 1 week course on Project Based Learning (PBL) is of significant benefit to teachers and trainers who need to increase their awareness of current thinking on PBL developments and to share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to teaching in their schools and, as a result, the learner outcomes for their students.
The objectives of this 1-week Project Based Learning course are:
- to familiarise participants with key concepts and issues in Project Based Learning and to help develop participants’ skills in implementing PBL in the classroom
- to increase participants’ skill and confidence in the use of tech tools used in PBL
- to cover a variety of school projects for subjects such as English, geography and history with a focus on the tools and resources needed to make PBL accessible to learners through English
- to provide opportunities for improved methodology and creativity to help participants increase their student engagement and retention on their return to their own schools
- to provide an opportunity to develop and consolidate participants own language skills
- to establish contacts and share information with teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals
- to promote awareness of contemporary Ireland
This is a practical, hands-on, participative course which focuses on the application of PBL in the classroom. The input sessions are a blend of lecture format and practical activities. Throughout the course participants are encouraged to reflect on their own practice, consider alternative practices and try out a variety of classroom activities through lesson planning, workshops and presentations. Participants will build up a portfolio of project ideas and develop a project of their own. The morning sessions are complemented and reinforced by afternoon cultural visits where the participants are encouraged to develop their language skills in a more informal environment outside the classroom and further enhance their knowledge of Ireland.
This course on the Theory and Practice of Project Based Learning is a one-week course consisting of 20 morning contact hours and a supervised afternoon workshop as well as an afternoon cultural programme which is linked to the morning sessions. Advice is provided on opportunities for extended Informal Learning and Personal Research related to their course on Saturday and Sunday.
On the final day of the course, the participants engage in a reflection session in which they are encouraged to examine benefits gained from the course. They then complete a course evaluation form. Participants on the course are encouraged to keep contact via email and private social networking. The trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.
1) Day One
- Induction and introduction to the course. Creation of digital portfolio.
- What is PBL? Key concepts and definitions of PBL
- An orientation tour of Dublin to provide participants with an opportunity to practise their English in a more informal setting outside the classroom, familiarise themselves with the geography and history of the city and allow participants to collect authentic materials for use in the classroom.
2) Day Two
- The stages involved in planning and executing a project
- Developing projects in our own classrooms. Examining cross-curricula projects. Real world examples
- Workshop: Developing PBL projects. Participants work on developing their own PBL project with groups and with a tutor
3) Day Three
- Technology and PBL – how to integrate technology into projects.
- Workshop – using web tools to design projects
- Visit to National Gallery. Sourcing authentic materials for workshop.
4) Day Four
- Utilising the four skills and PBL in the language classroom
- Assessment through projects
- Supervised workshop – participants have the opportunity to work on their project / get further practice on any of the resources viewed during the week under the supervision of one of the course tutors.
5) Day Five
- Presentation of participants’ projects. Peer assessment of colleagues’ projects and self -assessment of participants’ own contribution to the project. Finalising digital portfolio.
- Course review and evaluation. Implications for future practice. Establish of base and guidelines for future contact and networking.
- Self-guided cultural visit