(PRWEB) January 06, 2016
Education technology platform innovator MassiveU, in partnership with Project Based Learning (PBL) Expert and CEO of PBL Global, Thom Markham, announced today the release of Introduction to Project Based Learning, (http://www.introtopbl.com) a highly anticipated digital professional development (PD) course. Introduction to PBL is a 6-hour, asynchronous course that delivers to educators the PBL concepts, applications, and best practices they require for successful implementation of PBL in their classrooms.
This new digital course is unlike traditional online PD in that it is delivered via MassiveU’s project based, social learning platform which uniquely fuses personalized learning, applied activities, and social sharing in a self-paced, 21st Century online learning experience. All of the content is pedagogically aligned to Markham’s best-selling book, Project Based Learning – Expert Tools for Innovation and Inquiry for K-12 Educators, and draws from over 20 years of PBL experience, with integrated input from over 5,000 teachers and 300 schools.
An exceedingly popular 21st Century education technique, PBL refocuses education on the student, utilizing real-world problem solving and rewarding social-emotional skills like drive, passion, creativity, empathy, and resilience. Throughout the course, educators are challenged to think critically as they progress through a series of interactive tiles, creating their own personalized projects while communicating and collaborating with peers in a social “Community of Practice”. Upon successful completion, a Certificate in PBL from PBL Global is issued and the educator is given the option to share their personalized project portfolio with their supervisors and peers.
Introduction to PBL is offered asynchronously (at the teacher’s own pace and on their own time) and is available on any web-enabled mobile device or online screen. This reduces the need for substitute teachers, ultimately saving schools and districts time, money and valuable resources. The course is being offered for a limited time at $99/teacher or $999/school (for up to 50 teachers). To learn more and to purchase the course, visit http://www.introtopbl.com.
About MassiveU: Founded in 2013, MassiveU is a B2B project based social learning, platform-as-a-service company. Its transformative educational technology converts traditional curricula into 21st Century Learning experiences for teachers and students. MassiveU works with the world’s leading PD and K-12 curriculum providers as their digital differentiator.
About PBL Global: Founded by Thom Markham, PhD, in 2015, PBL Global provides mobile, on-demand PD courses in PBL, 21st Century skills, and coaching and mentoring to primary and secondary teachers worldwide. Globally, over 30 million teachers must teach over 100 million students to be life and career ready for a technological, collaborative, problem- and innovation-oriented world. As such, the teaching profession faces the necessity of reinvention – learning to rely less on lecture and direct instruction and more on personalized, student-oriented, project based inquiry. PBL Global focuses all of its efforts on the critical question for education today: How can we retrain the global teaching force in deeper learning, higher order thinking and project based learning?
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