EdTech 542 – Week 4 Reflection

Is it still PBL without an authentic audience?

When I think about project-based learning, one of the first things that come to my mind is an authentic audience, context, or issue. This audience, context, or issue acts as a foundation to PBL and is, therefore, a crucial aspect of it. Without one, it’s not PBL; it’s just an extended project.

The element of authenticity allows students to see the purpose and relevance of a project and find greater meaning in completing it. The authentic audience/context is what differentiates PBL from other types of learning and assignments. Having an authentic audience or context is also what makes PBL successful and engaging in the classroom. If students can see an assignment as worthwhile, they are more likely to invest themselves into learning and creating. What else could we want as teachers? 

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