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Making Learning Real


Master tape of completed classroom videos and stand alone bites Dale Rogers’ classroom description: To find business partners for his course in website design, Dale Rogers often turns to Paula Roberts, Director of the Nashville office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. This semester, Dale and his students have decided to build a website for Lori Rowe, co-owner of Petite Boutique in nearby Franklin. Mid-way through the semester, and after several face-to-face meetings with Lori, Dale’s students have received sign-off on the mock-up for their design. Now, they are developing content management systems, plugging in content, creating the code and style sheets, and preparing to present Lori with her new website by term’s end. Beverly Bradley’s classroom description: Today is presentation day for Beverly Bradley’s HTML students.Their real world challenge has been to create a web site for Feline Hotline, a community service created by Gretchen Smith, to find homes for orphaned cats. Demonstrating what they’ve learned, the four groups present their web sites to the business partner, Mrs. Smith. This provides an opportunity for Beverly to evaluate the HTML elements, for her colleague, Dale Rogers, a guest expert, to evaluate the web site’s design, and for a the students to receive meaningful feedback on their projects. Jack Wallace’s classroom description: For their class in the architectural design process, Jack Wallace’s students are creating a design for a wellness center for their campus at Nashville State Community College. The business partner is the school’s Building Committee, which has rejected all of the students’ initial drafts. The Building Committee meets to reframe the design goals. The students gather needed information at a site adjacent to the one on which they plan to build.Working with their instructor and using the Need-To-Know board, they clarify what they know and what they have yet to learn in order to develop a successful architectural plan. John Magill’s classroom description: For John Magill’s introductory course on Information Technology at Iowa Western Community College, the students must develop a networking plan for a new branch of a local retail enterprise. Magill is committed to taking the role of facilitator. The students examine the situation and chart the specifications. They formulate the problems, explore the technical challenges, and review possible solutions. Along the way they are rewarded with a valuable byproduct: learning to work with each other.

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Making Learning Real
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This Making Learning Real website is a comprehensive resource for teachers who are considering or already using Problem-Based Case Learning (PBCL). Throughout the site you will find videos featuring actual instructors, students, and business people—often in authentic classroom situations. You'll also find useful classroom tools, information about professional development programs, and other resources.

The Making Learning Real website is a collaboration between the Innovation in Teaching and Learning for Technological Education (ITL) project team at Nashville State Community College and the WGBH Educational Foundation. This website is one aspect of a large-scale resource development and dissemination project focused on PBCL and funded by a National Science Foundation grant. For more information about the overall project, including evaluation reports, research findings, and other project documentation, please visit MyITL.org.

Making Learning Real is a production of WGBH Educational Foundation.



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Chicago: “Making Learning Real,” 12/12/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_97C37759E86149ED975A47576B79CDB9.
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