ICTI-230: Project-Based Learning (6-12)

Learn how to integrate Project-Based Learning into your secondary classroom.

The practice of “learning by doing” offers students hands-on, authentic learning experiences that require critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Project-based learning allows students to become active in their learning by asking meaningful, real-world questions and exploring potential solutions to problems. This engagement helps students make connections between school and the challenges they will face in college or future careers.

Target Audience: Current and pre-service K-12 educators and administrators

If you’re thinking about these sorts of questions, this course is for you!

How can I utilize Project-Based Learning (PBL) in my secondary classroom?

This course will teach you how to define, plan, and implement project-based learning principles into the 6-12 classroom by working to create a project-based plan for your classroom. An approach that centers around the concept of “learning by doing” and requires critical thinking and problem solving skills, project-based learning helps students to make connections between school activities and the challenges they will face as they shift into college and their future careers.

Where do I begin in developing a project-based learning plan/unit?

In this course, you will be guided through a scaffolded process of developing a project-based learning plan/unit. First, you will gain more insight into what is involved in a PBL plan, explore how others have created these plans and unit, create an outline of essential requirements, and share your plan with others. With each assignment, you will be in fact building your PBL plan.

How do I assess project-based learning?

In ICTI-230, you will learn how to analyze 6-12 project-based learning examples, figuring out various ways to assess your students’ work both qualitative and quantitatively. This course will guide you in planning the PBL with the end in mind. As you explore the resources at your disposal, you will contemplate how and when you want to assess students’ work. Your plan for assessment will play an integral role in your PBL unit.



This course represents 20 contact hours. All iTeach courses align with national standards for professional learning. Check with your district staff development office to ensure they will accept this course for in-service points.


This course will help teachers meet the National Education Technology (NET) standards 1-5.

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define Project-Based Learning (PBL).
  • Evaluating why project-based learning is an effective practice in the 6-12 classroom.
  • Examining effective project-based learning examples in secondary classrooms.
  • Identify and work through the steps to developing a project-based lesson/unit plan.
  • Creating and present a project-based learning unit for 6-12 learners.

Upon satisfying the requirements for this course, participants will receive a course completion certificate. This certificate will awarded to participants who:

  • Satisfactorily complete all modules within the specified time period
  • Maintain a score of 70 and above throughout each module
  • Receive a final score of 70 and above for the course

Certificates will be emailed directly to participants once the facilitator submits final grades and the course completes its review.

This course is organized into five modules completed over four weeks.  Each week, learners will review materials and complete online activities within each module.  A badge will be awarded following the successful completion of all modules.

  • Course Orientation Overview
  • Week 1: Defining Project-Based Learning
  • Week 2: First Steps to Project-Based Learning
  • Week 3: Examples of Project-Based Learning
  • Week 4: Creating a Project-Based Learning Experience

Modules will be released weekly throughout the four weeks of this course. On average, participants will spend three to five hours per week completing the course, for a total of twenty contact hours. The weekly hours reflect the average amount of time a participant will spend completing assignments and activities and will vary depending upon the learner.

Our ICTI-230: Project-Based Learning (6-12) facilitators are qualified instructional technology experts, committed to empowering educators in using digital tools to improve students’ success. They will guide you through each module, answer you questions and provide you with timely and specific feedback. 

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