The PBL Projects approach to assessing student learning includes three separate measures: content knowledge, conceptual knowledge and problem-solving ability. This model, developed and field-tested during NEBHE’s previous STEM PBL and PHOTON PBL projects, is illustrated below.

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Content knowledge is assessed by content quizzes specific to each PBL Challenge, concept mapping assesses conceptual knowledge, and problem-solving ability is assessed by a final Challenge report. A guide to team assessment can be found here. For further information on assessment strategies for PBL, please read the guide to “Assessing Student Learning in PBL” by Advanced Manufacturing PBL Co-Principal Investigator Nicholas Massa, Professor, Laser and Fiber Optic Technology, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC).


Motivation & Learning Strategies Assessment

For teachers who would like to measure changes in their students’ use of learning strategies, motivation, self efficacy, metacognitive self-regulation and critical thinking skills resulting from engagement in PBL, we have placed a survey on SurveyMonkey for your convenience. The survey is a modified version of the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ), a 72-item validated instrument used for assessing students’ motivational orientations and their use of different learning strategies.  Simply direct students to the website below before and after completing one or more PBL Challenges and we will tabulate the aggregate pre-post results for you. Please note that because of IRB regulations, students must be at least 18 yrs old to take the survey. For students under 18, parental consent is required.

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