Ability Projects

Defining Project Based Learning

A systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks.
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VCSU Projects Based on VCSU Abilities and Skills

Each course at VCSU should contain at least one Ability project. The Ability for a course is directed by the VCSU Catalog pages 39-41 if it is a General Education course and by the Divisional program maps if the course included in a Major or Minor. The Ability Project description should be included in the course syllabus or maybe a separate document for larger projects. Projects are cross walked between the course content and the selected Ability. The syllabus Description should include:
  • Ability
  • Skill
  • Level
  • Rubric for successful completion of project
  • A reflective statement should be required as part of the project completion
The completed project as provided to the instructor by the student should include:
  • Name of Ability
  • Name of skill
  • Reflective statement on the students learning experience with the project. Reflections may be written, audio, or video.
More on writing good reflections.