What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-Based Learning (PBL), most simply, is real-world learning. Rather than simply being tested on what you know, it helps you test yourself on what you do.
Rather than starting with a list of things to learn, PBL courses begin with a problem to solve, a need to be met, or a project to be completed. This allows students to identify what they need to learn to complete a real project with a community partner, and to apply, theoretical course content on a deeper, more direct level. It has been proven that PBL promotes not only academic, but organizational and social understanding and the ability to work in teams--a key skill that employers look for as they hire and make decisions about promotion and advancement. PBL creates a three-fold benefit, engaged teaching, engaged students and an engaged public.
In our programs, this can look like anything from students working directly with city youth in programs to help them grow their confidence, to an engineering project set on a better method of travel downtown on a borrowed bike system, to developing public policies or key community reports.
PBL also helps you to build and important network of relationships. Students enter the community as representatives of York College. understanding the importance of professionalism, social and cultural awareness, and skills for competently and effectively interacting with communities beyond campus.
Project-based learning exposes students to the kinds of innovation that are needed to be strong critical thinkers who can apply class content to positive outcomes. Students directly engage with a community partner to address real social or business issues. Providing unique and rich learning opportunities. Students and stakeholders work together to explore and address the everyday challenges that face communities and organizations.
Through a unique combination of critical thinking, academic research and hands-on experience. ideas that are ignited between college students and the local public Studies show the correlation between happiness and successful communities--and those who engage with them.
For students, the experience allows them, sometimes for the first times in their lives, to sense civic and workplace responsibility. It is not just an opportunity to give their time and ideas, but also to gain self-actualization and self-worth.
For faculty, it is an opportunity to see the young adults in their charge take on the implications behind the words of a text. For the community, it is a chance to see that York College is a member of the York community.