______-Based Learning

Module 1


Welcome to ________-Based Learning! First of all, why the _______? Recently it seems a variety of teaching and learning models have become quite popular. There’s, of course, problem-based learning. Project-based learning has been around a long time, but is there a difference between having students do a project and project-based learning? There’s challenge-based learning, passion-based learning, inquiry-based learning, game-based learning, and the list goes on! During this class we are going to narrow our focus to three of these models, specifically problem-based learning, project-based learning, and challenge-based learning. Our goals for this course are simple, but will likely challenge you to reinvent new ways of teaching and learning for your students.

Course Goals:

  • Understand the differences between project-based, problem-based, and challenge-based.
  • Select one and design an experience for the classroom that follows the framework.

Why ____-Based Learning?

Before we can dig in, we must think about why one might want to engage in one of these models and what they have in common:

  • It’s pretty undeniable that our world is changing. The expanding career fields are in those that researcher Bill Daggett labels as non-routine, jobs that are results driven, and require decision making, innovation, and creativity. These are jobs that are much more difficult to relegate to a computer or outsource for cheaper labor. _____-based teaching and learning models are very intentional methods that teachers are using to address course content, while also developing the skill sets necessary to survive and thrive in an increasingly demanding world.
  • Check out this video to see and hear how teachers and students at High Tech High are harnessing the power of these kinds of learning and why it matters to them.

_______-Based Models

While each of these models is unique, there are also some important similarities. All three of these models accomplish the following:

  • Focus deeply on the entire PROCESS of learning, rather than just the end result
  • Engage students in INQUIRY
  • Require learner VOICE and CHOICE to be most meaningful
  • Most impactful when an AUDIENCE beyond the classroom is involved

The graphics below highlight some of the key differences of these models.

Digging Deeper

By the end of this module, we'd like you to determine a unit you'd like to redesign using one of the frameworks.  The resources below will give you an overview of each model, so dig in and see what fancies your interests and needs!  After exploring, share out about the following on the LHS Staff Google Community.  Please use the Discussion category when submitting your posts.

1. Why are you taking this class and what are you hoping to gain?  Have you tried any of these frameworks in the past?  If so, what were your experiences (both successes and challenges)?

2. What aha moments or questions did you encounter as you explored the models?

3. What unit do you plan to redesign and which framework do you think will work best?  Explain your thinking.

Please also respond to the comments of 2 other classmates!