PBL Basics: Setting the Stage for Project Based Learning

2 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

PBLWorks provides resources, tools, and a step-by-step process to create, implement, and assess PBL using a classroom-tested framework. This course is designed for educators who are interested in learning more about the PBLWorks model of Gold Standard Project Based Learning (PBL). Participants will experience PBL as a learner while gaining an understanding of the Gold Standard PBL practices. Content covered will include: PBL vocabulary, resources, practices, and an overview of the essential design elements. Upon completion of this course, educators will have the knowledge and skills needed to begin learning how to develop PBL units of study with DoDEA College and Career Ready (CCR) standards and adopted curriculum.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for DoDEA educators.

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What You Will Learn

  • Define key terms used for planning projects using the PBLWorks approach
  • Access resources and materials that are needed to start planning effective PBL units of study
  • Understand and reflect upon the 7 Project Based Teaching Practices
  • Understand and experience the 7 Essential Project Design Elements
  • Obtain the knowledge and skills needed to begin learning how to develop PBL units of study with DoDEA College and Career Ready (CCR) standards and adopted curriculum


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.