Instructional design… is everywhere!

Catching up on some of my posts, but I have really taken notice to instructional design models in places that I would normally just acknowledge and move on!  In my “day job” as an education consultant, my team is currently looking at some PD models.  Someone in my group mentioned TPACK… I was able to ask some additional questions based on the presentations, conversations, readings from our classes.

Another instance – having a discussion about PBL or PrBL or Project Based… seems that there is a large contingency of teachers who cross over and are really doing a hybrid model — kind of Project based… kind of Problem based.  Beth’s presentation about PBL provided me some information to add to the discussion.  Maybe the terms are being used interchangeability?  Are they actually not even doing either one, but just adding a level of inquiry and calling it PBL?  Teachers seem to try this model, but constraints that they possibly don’t have control over could be contributing to the mixing?

Speaking of Beth’s presentation — it was a good model to help those that possibility are just as confused as many.  One piece of information that I found looking into this a little deeper is that Problem (PBL) seems to be more process oriented – the conversations about getting to the end could be more important than the actual “product”.  What I want/need to know, how I am getting there and finally the conversations about being able to defend my information is pretty important.  In the other model PrBL (Project) has some of the same characteristics, but the project is where the focus seems to have a heavier implication.  Looking at the resources – I found the descriptions here to really help me wrap my head around PBL –

“Voice and Choice” vs. just providing instruction and adding a project at the end as means to assess.

Another resource that also seems to confirm what Beth discussed is the New Tech network…

From the Buck institute reference previously, this is a good definition and visual.

“In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations.”


Going to continue thinking about this… how a teacher design the lesson is very important.  Can a teacher provide voice and choice in deeper ways?




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s