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Defined Learning's New Online PD Course Focuses on Incorporating Project-Based Learning

Posted Apr 28, 2016
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Defined Learning has announced the launch of its new online professional development course, Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe.

The four-module course guides educators through the process of incorporating project-based learning into their current curriculum. Upon completing the course, participants will be able to develop, implement, and evaluate student performance through a project-based learning performance task.

Module 1 gives a basic outline of a performance task, including key characteristics such as outlines and rubrics, and why they should be used to evaluate students.

Module 2 describes appropriate criteria for designing an effective lesson and tools used to align the task with current curriculum, State Standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Module 3 provides a roadmap for educators to follow as they make adjustments to incorporate project-based learning into their curriculum. Participants will understand how their role as an educator leading the class will shift as they become a coach providing feedback and guidance to allow students to gain 21st-century skills by exploring real-world topics, solving problems, and working collaboratively.

Module 4 demonstrates how to evaluate each performance task using a rubric, and how to “plan backwards” starting with the task analysis. This module also examines how tasks correlate with students’ ongoing formative assessment, which includes engaging students in self-assessment, reflection, and goal-setting.

Upon completing Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe, educators will possess a deeper understanding of performance task creation and receive a certificate of completion. 

Performance Task PD is designed and narrated by Jay McTighe, an accomplished author and thought leader who is focused on standards-based reforms and development of performance-based assessments.

Also available is an “evaluated” version of the course where a user’s understanding and implementation of performance tasks will be reviewed and assessed by an evaluator trained by McTighe himself. Those who finish the Evaluated Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe course will receive a certificate of understanding from McTighe and his team.

The PD course is product-agnostic, but complements Defined Learning’s flagship product, Defined STEM, a supplementary curriculum breaking down tasks by grade level and standards.

Source: Defined Learning,

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