Yes. All the online classes are free. Enroll now!
Can I implement a project that I have designed myself rather than one of the projects provided by PBLU?
No. The PBLU projects have been designed by BIE and it's partners to allow participants to mainly focus on how to implement a project rather than design one. Teachers can certainly customize the project to fit their needs, but the basic idea and major components must stay the same. In addition, the 8 Essential Elements of Project Based Learning must also be present (See Section II on all project documents).
Yes. You can still take the classes in order to learn how to implement PBL effectively. However, the final assignment of each class is specific to the PBLU project you have picked. If you don't do the assignment, you won't get credit.
During the two weeks, the facilitator will give you videos to watch and discuss, handouts to read, webinars to join (or watch archived) and assignments to do. It's up to you to watch and discuss, read & join at your own pace. Just make sure you finish the assignments during the time given, while participating in online discussions. You are expected to sign into Edmodo on a daily basis to review posts (i.e. notes, assignments, polls, quizzes, etc.) and to join discussions. No one will be allowed to join their group once the Edmodo code is locked two days (Wednesday at 12pm Eastern Time) after the start of the class.
Yes. However, the crediting process will be handled entirely by St. Mary's College of California, which charges a small fee based on the unit (to be determined). PBLU will simply notify St. Mary's which teachers have completed the entire PBL Teacher Series, including the capstone class. Details about numbers of units, costs, etc. will be forthcoming.
No. You can start taking any class when available. However, we do recommend taking the classes right after each other to stay on track.
Only teachers who have completed all the necessary classes leading up to the capstone class will be allowed to enroll.
All the capstone class assignments, which requires you to implement the project with students, must be completed before April 15, 2013.
Yes. We hope to have a PBL Author Series and PBL Facilitator Series.
Yes. All the classes will be given in English. Feel free to use Google translator to participate in the classes.