Project Based Learning

By Kathy Schrock
Marilyn Lombardi, in her article, “Authentic learning for the 21st century” (, provides a good overview of the aspects that need to be present in online collaboration projects. These projects need to:
  • Focus on real-world, complex problems
  • Focus on attaining a solution
  • Include activities such as
    • Role-playing
    • Problem-based activities
    • Participation in virtual communities of practice
Michael Grant, in “Getting a grip on project-based learning” ( offers a list that includes more specifics. He states that project-based learning projects should have the following components:
  • Introduction
  • Working in groups
  • Task/guiding question
  • Investigation à artifact
  • Resources
  • Scaffolding
  • Collaboration
  • Reflection / transfer

BigHugeLabsGreat digital project tools
Kathy Schrock Online Guide to Student Collaboration Projects and Tools!!
Michael M. Grant Document on Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning Resource Page
SAS Curriculum Pathways