Want to learn more about project-based learning?

As a part of StarT-programme LUMA Centre Finland offers you a free online training on project-based learning! 

Next course will be organized in autumn 2021


Project-based learning and the theory behind it – create your own project!

This course is designed to support the participants in the creation of a project-based unit that is in line with science education research, and you will learn about the essential features of project-based learning. 

The course will open on the 1st of March 2021 and it takes 4-5 weeks (c. 25 h of work) to complete. Sign up to the course by filling out an online form here. If you missed the registration and want to join in, please contact us via email info(at)start.luma.fi . The course is provided by Prof. Maija Aksela (University of Helsinki) and StarT’s project manager, Outi Haatainen (University of Helsinki) from LUMA center Finland.

  • During this course the participants will design an interdisciplinary project-based unit that is in line with science education research. You can also participate in the course with a ready project idea and use the course to shape it.
  • The participants will learn about the key features of  good quality project-based learning and the theory of integrated and inquiry based learning from the researchers of the University of Helsinki.
  • The course is suitable for everyone wanting to learn about these topics, and it has a special emphasis on the most popular StarT theme “Nature and environment” e.g. through examples.
  • New topics are introduced weekly, and the learning materials include e.g. reading, discussions, tests and video lectures. Weekly exercises (with weekly deadlines) support the designing of the project-based unit. Exercises include e.g. questionnaires, conversations with the other participants on the course platform and providing (and receiving) peer feedback.
  • A certificate will be given to those who complete the course.
  • The project “recipes” created during the course will be shared with all the participants.
  • The participants will also have a chance to network, and to include cooperation with the other course participants within their projects if they wish to do so.
  • The course is worth one credit (25h of work), divided across 4-5 weeks.

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. What is project-based learning?
  2. Driving questions and learning goals
  3. Inquiry and scientific practices in project-based learning
  4. Interdisciplinary learning in project-based learning
  5. Collaboration in project-based learning
  6. Artefacts and assessment in project-based learning
  7. Using technology in project-based learning
  8. Your project plan & peer assessment
  9. Materials
  10. Participating in StarT

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