Recently we have been considering various Project Based approaches to learning. One of the key drivers for us is the idea of providing authentic learning opportunities for our students. One approach which we are exploring is Challenge Based Learning (CBL). I have gathered together a few links which provide some insight about this approach. Interestingly some schools in the US dabbled with CBL participating in the study conducted by NMC, but I have found little evidence of continued involvement. There is a forum, but nothing much new. I wonder whether the focus on standardised, national testing has undermined the CBL initiative there.
The main activity I found seemed focussed in Australia and most specifically in Victoria. Here I must comment that Victoria demonstrates a consistency around innovation. We have found that many of the trends that have interested our own reinvention are ideas which Victoria has embraced or explored before us.
What is Challenge Based Learning?
“Challenge Based Learning – an engaging, multidisciplinary approach to learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems.”
Benefits of Challenge Based Learning
A flexible framework for learning with multiple entry points
A scalable model with no proprietary systems or subscriptions
Places students in charge of their learning
Focuses on global challenges with local solutions
Promotes the authentic use of technology
Develops 21st century skills
Encourages deep reflection on teaching and learning
Case for: http://www.nmc.org/pdf/Challenge-Based-Learning.pdf. New Media Consortium (Horizon Report)
CBL Website: https://challengebasedlearning.org/pages/welcome
iTunesU library – search for “Challenge Based Learning”.
- Kalinda Primary School
ACARA – illustration Kalinda revising their approach to Curriculum and leveraging CBL to improve student learning. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Illustrations/Metadata/IPCM00014?group=SchoolLocation
School website: http://www.kalinda.vic.edu.au/page/78/Challenge-Based-Learning
- Mont Albert Primary School
Victorian Government – seeking a solution beyond an “Inquiry Based” approach and using CBL to meet student needs.
School website: http://www.maps.vic.edu.au/page/70%20
- Ringwood North Primary School
Victorian Government: https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/pages/View.aspx?pin=RYJ7RS
School website: http://www.ringwoodnorthps.vic.edu.au
- Wonga Park Primary School
School Website: http://www.wongapark.vic.edu.au