Project-based Learning strategies

1. Projects for Learning

Projects can be like experiential learning in that it approximates real-world activities that require application of knowledge and skills to perform complex tasks or solve complex problems. They also overlap with inquiry strategies when they require research or exploration of a topic, as in many forms of reports.

They can take many forms. The product of a project might be a report on solving a problem or analysis of a case, and it might also be another tangible artifact--a paper, plan, poster, presentation, digital media, or model. Projects might also include research, report writing, creating a project plan, data gathering and statistical analysis, trying a new technique, or creating a local application or case study.

During the process of completing a project, learners will be confronting new information and acquiring new skills that, because these are immediately relevant, will be learned deeply.

Use a project to help learners integrate knowledge and skills, to develop critical thinking and communication skills, and to develop self-direction and discipline. Small group projects can also foster teamwork and learning from peers.


Ask learners to choose an aviation weather hazard that is particularly difficult to forecast in their area. Their task is to find published resources or other evidence to propose revisions to guidelines for local forecasters. They must submit their report and resources used to the facilitators of the course for grading, and to the other participants for peer review.

Use Assignment to report to facilitators

Small Groups can be formed with their own Forums for collaborative projects.

Workshop can be used to share projects and receive peer feedback.

Final results can be shared through Forum.

Bring links to external resources, websites, community websites using URL.