Project-based Learning

Five WPI faculty members will be featured on The Academic Minute, a two-and-a-half minute higher ed podcast that features researchers from colleges and universities around the world. Hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the program airs on 70 stations around the United States and Canada and can be heard live on WAMC each weekday at 7:30 a.m. and 3:56 p.m. Each segment recording is also posted to at 12:01 a.m. the day of airing for on demand listening.

In this five-part series, WPI faculty share key findings from the latest WPI alumni survey that demonstrate that the WPI project-based curriculum is an outstanding preparation for lives and careers.

Listen in to learn more about the survey results and the impact of project-based learning.

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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