March 16, 2021
Approaches to PBL
The task force has been discussing the following approaches to PBL, weighing the strengths and weaknesses of each. We welcome any thoughts, suggestions, or concerns that you may have regarding each approach.
Scaffolded PBL
The Scaffolded PBL approach provides a four tiered system to organize existing PBL courses and to strategically develop new ones. This approach addresses faculty/student workload concerns, and maintains flexibility across disciplines. Although the scaffolded approach serves to organize PBL courses, it is unlikely to strongly influence student recruitment or CASL visibility. Thus, this approach may work best in combination with other approaches.
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CASL Value
The CASL Value approach focuses on Level 4 PBL courses. These highest level PBL courses center on projects that address problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, span campus academic units, or involve partnerships with nonprofit organizations, local governments, communities, or businesses. To avoid developing a series of disjointed PBL courses, themes would be used to organize courses or to bring together different disciplines. This approach may allow CASL to demonstrate to campus and the community the value of a liberal arts education. It emphasizes student learning and problem-solving within an interdisciplinary team. 

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Career Goals
The Career Goals approach combines PBL coursework with CASL internships, student research, global learning, study abroad, and other campus opportunities and resources to help students create individualized plans for professional and personal growth. This approach brings together a variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities available to students with an emphasis on planning one’s time on campus and maximizing campus opportunities to cultivate the skills necessary to develop resumes, prepare for interviews, and enhance employability.

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PBL Task Force
  • Natalia Czap
  • Mike Dabkowski
  • Daniel Davis
  • Antonios Koumpias
  • Terri Laws
  • Simona Marincean
  • Anna Muller
  • Francia Martinez Valencia
  • Marie Waung (chair)

Our work together as a task force will conclude at the end of March, so please provide  feedback before March 24th. Email with questions or comments regarding PBL.

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