NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Mastering Project Based Learning

EDUC 600




Instructor: Thom Markham

Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $370

Class Offered Through NaMaYaPD

Course Description:

This course teaches the essential methods and best practices for project based learning (PBL). The course offers step by step guidance for designing a project, including choosing an authentic challenge, crafting a Driving Question, planning for exhibitions, incorporating Common Core standards and 21st century skills,, and building an effective assessment plan. Teachers also learn how to effectively manage a project, including methods for starting a project, establishing student teams, promoting problem solving and inquiry, engaging students in deeper learning, and ensuring quality performance at the close of the project.

Key resources include the Project Based Learning Design and Coaching Guide: Expert tools for innovation and inquiry for K-12 educators, as well as a detailed Project Planning Guide that enables participants to exit the course with a fully planned, classroom ready project. The course also shows participants how to use a wide variety of field-tested PBL tools, including performance rubrics, 21st century skills rubrics, and team formation documents that are required for effective PBL. These tools can be downloaded and used by teachers in their classrooms. 

Course Objectives:

  • to prepare teachers to offer world-class Project Based Learning to students in K -12 classrooms. 
  • teachers will know how to design, implement, manage, and assess inquiry-based projects that incorporate Common Core standards, authentic learning, 21st century skills, and collaborative student teams.

Required Readings:

Project Based Learning Design and Coaching Guide: Expert tools for innovation and inquiry for K-12 teachers. Available in print ($24.00) or e-book format ($9.99) through Amazon.

NDSU PBL Essentials (Set of PBL materials & rubrics available as free download).

About The Instructor

Thom Markham
Thom Markham

Thom Markham received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate Institute in California. He earned his M.A. in Political Science & International Relations from UCLA. Thom earned his B.A. in Zoology from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Thom Markham, President of PBL Global, is a psychologist, author, speaker, educator, and internationally recognized consultant to schools and districts focused on project based learning, 21st century skills, and school redesign. He is the primary author of the Buck Institute for Education

**Registration Instructions:

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 4 months for course completion.

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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