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Project-Based Learning

Participants will be able to demonstrate an approach to learning in which problems serve as the stimulus for students to gain course concepts and content, as well as metacognitive skills. In this problem-based learning environment, students are charged with a project that involves confronting a problem before they receive all the information necessary to solve it. Students work in teams to define the nature of the problem, to identify what additional resources they need, and to find viable solutions. Faculty members act as facilitators by asking questions and monitoring group processes as students actively pursue viable solutions. Faculty members also guide students to resources. Students must generally re-apply the new knowledge to the original problem and communicate the results of their findings.