Designing Project-Based Learning Experiences, Lumbra, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C57 (Graduate)
Instructor: Gabrielle Lumbra
Location: Online
Dates and Times: Asynchronous meetings online July 8-September 1, 2019
3 graduate
Tuition: $950

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Course Description

In project-based learning, learners work to investigate and solve real problems and answer real questions. Learners of all ages want to make an impact and project-based learning can be an engaging way to design meaningful learning experiences for them. In this course, participants will learn the main elements of a project-based learning experience. They will brainstorm ideas for projects, driving questions, and culminating events or products. They will design their own project-based learning experience just in time for the new year to begin. This course is appropriate for teachers of any grade level as well as administrators who design professional learning experiences.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

Understand the difference between traditional projects and project-based learning

Design a project-based learning experience

Course Objectives:

  1. Apply the elements of project-based learning in a learning plan
  2. Plan for building a culture that supports project-based learning
  3. Define project-based learning
  4. Identify a purpose for using a project-based model
  5. Design driving questions
  6. Distinguish between traditional projects and project-based learning
  7. Plan for the management of self-directed learning activities

Required Texts

Required Readings:

Boss, S., & Larmer, J. (2018). Project based teaching: How to create rigorous and engaging learning experiences. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Recommended Resources:

LARMER, J. (2017). PBL STARTER KIT. Place of publication not identified: BUCK INST FOR EDUCATION.


Hallermann, S., Larmer, J., & Mergendoller, J. R. (2011). PBL in the elementary grades: Step-by-step guidance, tools and tips for standards-focused K-5 projects. Novato, CA: Buck Institute for Education.

For additional course information

Gabrielle Lumbra
(802) 309-5240

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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