PBL Class 01: Course introduction and requirements; identifying interests and setting goals. Students start exploring the course website for the first research cycle.
Summary: We had an orientation to the course explaining project based learning, including what is expected of you and how you can excel in the class. You learned about the course introduction and requirements, goal-setting, introduction to your individual self-chosen project-based research issue in seven weeks.
We Focused on these key webpages during orientation:
Guideline for students making local & personal connections and talking with “close others”
A key part of the PBL classes are for you to develop your understanding of global issues and exploring personal and local connections about the issues that you research, within you own lives, families, local areas and communities, workplaces, student circles, volunteer groups and activities that you are already involved in. What this means is that students draw on “close others” through, for example:
● talking with friends or family members, colleagues at part-time work places, or with other students in your clubs
● going back to your schools where they already know the people
● talking with people in local networks that you are already part of.
Note: It is important to reach out to people you know and best to start out with people who you trust and feel comfortable with. Speaking with them in whatever language is the best, but please, your journal entries should be in English as much as possible for the purpose of the class.
Homework due uploaded to your Google Drive Shared file by Friday 04/14/2023.
Steps, which should take about two hours:
- Please carefully select the issue you would like to explore that you feel like you can speak you close people about it.
- Do several readings on the basic information to get familiar with the topic.
- Take notes in key words and not long sentences so you can speak about what you found in class on paper or a notebook.
- Take a picture of your notes with your cellphone.
- Upload the picture of your notes in your Shared Google file under the section “Project Notes 1.”
- Under the photo, type the titles, authors names or publication if there is no author and be sure to copy/paste the URL onto the Google doc. This is important so you can find where you got your research from and go back to the original article if needed.
- Then, have a conversation with friends or family members, colleagues at part-time work places, or with other students in your clubs about what you learned. This part can be in any language.
- Finally, type your reflections in “Journaling Notes 1” about what you learned in English, so I can support your work and give you feedback in the comment section of this document in our shared Google Drive.