All are welcome to attend, even without advance registration. However, lunch will be ordered only for those who register at least 3 business days in advance. Please bring your own lunch if you did not register by the deadline.
PRESENTERS: Natalie Farny (Biology & Biotechnonology), Paula Quinn and Rick Vaz (Center for Project-Based Learning)
In a recent survey, WPI faculty reported using projects in 69% of the courses they had offered in the previous six terms, suggesting that project-based learning (PBL) is in wide use in courses across the university. Larger-enrollment courses offer particular challenges for PBL and other high-impact practices, requiring considerable planning and structure. This session will feature a project assignment in a large-enrollment introductory course as a case study in how significant project work can be motivated, structured, kept on track, and evaluated. We’ll share and discuss details of the project design, interim assignments, grading rubrics, and student work products. Then, we’ll present a model for high-quality PBL as a starting point for more general discussion.
It's understood that some may need to leave early for 1pm commitments.