The goal is clear, but the question remains: What’s the most effective method of delivering a meaningful education to students? How can colleges and universities ensure that their students are ready for life after graduation, to tackle new challenges, passions, and problems? Research suggests that active learning in higher education, as well as repeated exposure to high-impact practices such as project-based learning, is the answer.
While it’s been proven that PBL in higher education is an effective method of preparing students for life after graduation, beginning the process of its implementation—potentially even revamping an entire curriculum—may be overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you start? How does teaching in higher educaton need to change? Maybe most important, what difference will it make? WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning (CPBL) offers a wealth of project-based learning resources and expertise to help make this pedagogy a reality in academic institutions around the world.