Workshops and Consulting

Professional Development Consulting in the Use of the PBL Challenges

NEBHE offers “Introduction to PBL” professional development consulting to groups of educators. Educators engaged in a NEBHE workshop complete several PHOTON PBL, STEM PBL and/or AM PBL Challenges in teams to introduce and acclimatize them to the PBL method. After experiencing PBL as if they are students, educators are introduced to the teacher resources and assessment strategies for implementing PBL.

Once educators are familiar with the PBL Challenge format, and have used Challenges with their students, the next step is a “Make Your Own Challenge” workshop to then introduce the PBL Challenge Design Guide (see below) and template to create their own PBL Challenges with industry or community partners. Educators are coached through researching and identifying potential problems that both address the learning outcome requirements of their courses and engaging students in meaningful real-world problem solving. Follow up coaching is provided to ensure the new Challenge(s) will meet its goals. See Curriculum Resources under the For Educators tab for further information.

The “Introduction to PBL” and/or “Make Your Own Challenge” workshops, as well as customized versions, can be delivered, for a fee, for a single institution or district, or as an open workshop for multiple institutions and/or school districts. To learn more please contact AM PBL Principal Investigator Fenna Hanes or 617-533-9529.


Consulting Case Study

Integrating PBL into Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) Energy Services and Technology (EST) Project

Partnering with the mechanical services industry and the New England Board of Higher Education, Kennebec Valley Community College’s (KVCC) Energy Services and Technology (EST) project is focused on producing more qualified technicians to meet the growing demand from Maine-based employers who need employees that possess a combination of cross-cutting technical skills and the ability to problem-solve complex, systemic issues. KVCC received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education-funded program (NSF ATE DUE# 1204933) to develop a new associate degree program in EST.

The PBL Projects team consulted with KVCC EST faculty members to assist them, using the PBL Challenge Design Guide, to create their own PBL Challenges for four new five-credit lab-based courses that are part of the new program. New Challenges were developed and continue to be implemented in the following EST courses:PBL 101 – Plumbing Fundamentals, PBL 201 – Advanced PlumbingHAC 101 – Heating Fundamentals, and HAC 201 – Advanced Heating.

For more information about consulting options, contact AM PBL Principal Investigator Fenna Hanes

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