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The WPI Insider helps you catch up on the latest news  and perspectives at WPI from wherever you are. Listen to audio of our news stories or listen to our expert faculty and staff’s appearances on podcasts. With this convenient audio platform, WPI’s innovative, project-based, and STEM-focused work comes to life. 

Listen to discover news, conversations, and stories that show how WPI uses a distinct approach to projects, research, technology, global learning, and community partnerships to empower and improve society through technology. 

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Featured podcast

Building Better Communities with President Grace Wang

WPI President Grace Wang made a recent guest appearance on the Building Better Communities podcast with WPI alum and Board of Trustee member Bob Hart ’79. Hart’s podcast highlights the importance of community and how business can help strengthen and improve communities. Wang and Hart discussed the importance of higher education in creating strong communities and how internal and external partnerships make an impact through innovative ideas and engineering and technology solutions—even including artificial intelligence.

PBL 5-Part Podcast Series on The Academic Minute, WAMC National Production

Episode 1 | June 3, 2024

Maximizing Learning through High-Impact Practices | Kris Wobbe

This podcast examines the unique contribution of five high-impact practices (HIPs) on a range of outcomes confirming that stacking HIPs over time provides unique benefits to students.

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Episode 2 | June 4, 2024

Project-Based Learning: More Is Better | Kimberly LeChasseur

This podcast explores the dosage effects of project-based learning—the amount of a particular type of learning experience an individual must have to receive the potential benefits.

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Episode 3 | June 5, 2024

The Unexpected (and Expected) Benefits of Projects in the Humanities | Ryan Madan

This podcast examines the impact of a Humanities or Arts capstone project on several outcomes and whether it might amplify learning of technical skills for engineering students.

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Episode 4 | June 6, 2024

Failing Forward with Project-Based Learning | Sarah Stanlick

This podcast examines initial struggles with project-based learning and the impact on subsequent project experiences highlighting the differences between satisfaction and learning.

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Episode 5 | June 7, 2024

Projects Narrow Self-Efficacy Gaps for Women | Lindsay Davis

This podcast examines project-based learning’s effectiveness on self-efficacy with women, suggesting that PBL can be an attractive pedagogy for recruiting and retaining women in STEM.

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