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Course Description

Add challenge and intrigue to lessons while teaching 21st C and higher-order thinking skills such as problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking.

This course gives teachers the skills to develop differentiated learning and assessment through the discovery focussed strategies of problem-based learning.


Teachers K-10 

Teaching Standards

2.2.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation: Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies: Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Level Up III - Problem Based Learning will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptors 2.2.2 and 3.3.2 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Welcome to Level Up III - Problem Based Learning

    • Welcome and Introduction

    • Task: This is ME

  • 2

    Module 2: What is/is Not Problem Based Learning?

    • Introduction

    • Task: Why Use Problem Based Learning

    • What is not Problem Based Learning

    • Comparison and Summary of Constructivist Learning Models

    • VENN Diagram

    • Task: Summary Table and VENN Diagram

    • What IS Problem Based Learning?

    • Frayer Model Template

    • Task: Frayer Model

  • 3

    Module 3: The Problem Solving Process

    • Why is Problem Solving so Important?

    • Australia's Results in Problem Solving 2012 PISA

    • Task: Australia's Results in Problem Solving

    • The Problem Solving Options

    • Task: Exercise Solving v Problem Solving

    • Task: Developing Your Own Process

  • 4

    Module 4: Planning a PBL Unit

    • The Role of the Teacher and Students

    • Role Statements for Problem Based Learning

    • Task: Who Does What in Problem Based Learning?

    • Steps in Creating a PBL Unit of Learning

    • Task: Initial Planning for a PBL Unit

    • Backward Mapping and Authentic Assessment

    • Backward Mapping Diagram

    • Task: Backward Mapping Stage 1

  • 5

    Module 5: Scaffolding Problem Solving

    • Problem Solving Scaffolds Part 1

    • Task: Detailed vs Simple Scaffolds

    • Part 1 - Problem Solving Scaffolds Downloads

    • Problem Solving Scaffolds Part 2

    • Part 2 - Problem Solving Scaffolds Downloads

    • Task: Choose 3 Scaffolds to help in the Problem Solving Process and meet syllabus outcomes

    • Problem Based Learning Scaffold for Students

    • Students Guide to Problem Based Learning (PBL)

    • Task: Manage the PBL Situation

  • 6

    Module 6: Assessing Problem Solving

    • Balancing Process, Product and Presentation

    • Task: Main Aspects of a PBL unit

    • Rubrics

    • Downloads for Rubrics

    • Task: Assess the Problem Solving Rubric

    • Reflection

    • Downloads: Scaffolds for Reflection

    • Task: Scaffolds for Reflection

    • Peer and Self Assessment

    • Task: Self and Peer Assessment Record

    • Quick Peer Evaluation Form

  • 7

    Module 7: Problem Based Learning in Practice

    • Planning the Lesson Sequence

    • Task: Backward Mapping Stage 2

    • Resourcing the Problem

    • Advanced Google Search - Starter Sheet

    • Boolean Searches

    • Task: Main Resources for Your Students

    • Completing your PBL Unit

    • Final Task Template (pdf)

    • PBL Unit - Homework and final tasks

    • Task: Reflection and Completing the Course

  • 8

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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