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Project-Based Learning

Overview of Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a method of engaging students in authentic, real-world problems or challenges over a period of time. It is considered a high-impact practice due to its effectiveness for promoting learning, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking. While there are many benefits to implementing challenges, it can be overwhelming when starting. At Virginia Tech, we are committed to helping teams develop project-based learning as a part of their curriculum. Below you will find information about CETL's PBL Institute and links to campus resources.

Project-Based Learning Institute

Save the Date - 2023 WPI@VT

March 7-9, 2023

Teams of four or more Virginia Tech faculty are invited to apply for a three-day PBL institute offered by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning featuring speakers and mentors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Center for Project-Based Learning. This immersive institute will feature plenary sessions, workshops, and coaching designed to help each team develop an action plan for advancing PBL in their courses and programs. The institute draws on WPI's 50 years of experience integrating project-based learning across the curriculum. Teams will leave the Institute with an enhanced understanding of project-based learning and a tailored plan to advance their work. Each team will deliver a concise presentation of its action plan to gather feedback and advice from mentors and other participants.

A maximum of ten teams will be invited to participate. Each team will submit one application (not an application from each individual) no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Through full participation, each team will be eligible for a $2000-2500 grant to use to support further advancement of your PBL action plan. Submit your application. Please email any questions to CETL.

Project-Based Learning Award

The Project-Based Learning Award is given to one individual implementing project-based learning at the course level OR a faculty team implementing across courses. This award is given every three years. Learn more about the award and nomination process.

Resources Supporting Project-Based Learning

There are various resources across campus to support faculty and student engagement in project-based learning. Please click on the buttons below to learn more about these resources.