7 Essentials of Challenge-based Learning
Greetings all, I know you are both excited and nervous about our digital voyage! I’m so very happy that you will have the technology you need to implement our county challenge-based learning plan.
I think we need to start our conversation right now. Challenge based learning is a very important part of a 21st Century classroom. All cliches aside, we really are finally moving in to the global world. We have seen a wonderful transition from the traditional classroom to the virtual-world classroom at Baldwin County High School this past year.
Challenge based learning (CBL) is different from project based learning (PBL) in several ways. CBL is a multi-disciplinary inquiry approach to solving real-world issues using open-ended questioning, inquiry, testing, revision and presenting . PBL is a closed-ended project and doesn’t necessarily call for a real world issue or open-ended questions.
John Larmer, director of product development, and John R. Mergendoller, executive director at the Buck Institute for Education, have included a listing of the “Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning” in the September 2010 issue in the Educational Leadership article “Giving Students Meaningful Work”.
They remind us that it is the process of students’ learning and the depth of their cognitive engagement–rather than the resulting product–that distinguishes projects from busywork. Larmer and Mergendoller go further to include a list of essential elements in CBL. The list includes
- A Need to Know
- A Driving Question
- Student Voice and Choice
- 21st Century Skills
- Inquiry and Innovation
- Feedback and Revision
- A Publicly Presented Product
How does this structure compare to your current projects? I want to hear from you. Let’s begin the conversation. My next post will take us further in to the article for a deeper understanding of the 7 essential elements as prescribed by Larmer and Mergendoller. See you on the net, Janice Simon
Larmer, J., and J. Mergendoller. “Seven essentials for project-based learning.” Acsd. N.p., 2010. Web. 4 Aug 2012. <http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/sept10/vol68/num01/Seven_Essentials_for_Project-Based_Learning.asp&xgt;.