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Project Based Learning at MDC
Project-based learning (PBL) is a teaching technique that holds the potential of having a high impact on student learning and success. Project-based learning at MDC engages students with real-world problems (local to global) and challenges them to find and propose solutions. Problems investigated are rooted in the curriculum and require students to apply skills from more than one discipline. The execution of the project takes place over time and can extend beyond one semester or course. Students work in teams under the guidance of the professor. The student work culminates in the proposal and defense of a prototype solution (ex. a process or product). In the process, students develop critical, creative and practical thinking as well as communication skills.
PBL at MDC: The Curriculum
PBL at MDC: Student Work
Great Problems Seminar Posters
A collection of WPI Great Problems Seminar (GPS) posters from 2007 to the present. All posters created by WPI first-year students
Assessment and Impact
Heinricher, A. C., & Quinn, P., & Vaz, R. F., & Rissmiller, K. J. (2013, June), Long-term Impacts of Project-Based Learning in Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/198
Tools for Educators
Project vs Problem Based learning