Orientation

MEMORANDUM


To:

2012 Scenario Development Task Force
From:Leadership Team, Destination PBL Project
Subject:Orientation

This task force is up against a tight deadline to create new scenarios for our national PBL Library, get them piloted in the Fall, and disseminate them nationally next spring. To get the most from our time together, please keep in mind the following suggestions:

Tips to Succeed in the Workshop

To maximize your chance for success, it is important that you understand how our task force's PBL development process is structured.

Tasks and Assignments

The tasks are designed to lead you through the scenario building process. Take the time to read through the Overview, Requirements, Resources, and complete the Debrief for each task as you build your tasks and scenario. This is an iterative process, with the opportunity for a lot of peer review, revisions, and feedback. Trust the process, your own abilities, and the community of the task force.

Meetings

Participants will meet face-to-face for training, discussion, and activities and to work on their tasks.  We will also support each other through an online community and activities as well as local or regional meetings.

Homework

Expect to spend additional time working on your own task development and providing feedback to your team members between meetings.

Teamwork

You will work with your team throughout the scenario and task development process. Your can work on individual tasks and support each other with peer review, on a shared task or set of tasks you will all implement in your classrooms, or some combination approach. Mentors, faculty with experience implementing and creating scenarios in their own classrooms, will be available to support your team.

Tips to succeed with PBL

Involve Local Industry

Identifying and involving someone in local industry linked to your subject matter ensures the authenticity and applicability of your scenario. It also lends credibility to your course because the students will more easily accept its relevance to their professional lives.

Use Peer Review

Your team is a valuable resource. Take time to peer review others' work. The process may trigger ideas on how you could use some of their ideas in your own scenario. Take time to read carefully the comments your peers make to your work. Having an outside point of view is often very helpful in making your product better.

Avoid Missing Meetings or Deadlines

You have been assigned to a team. Teamwork is essential to the process and the final product. Your team members are counting on you and if you miss a meeting or deadline, the team suffers.

Complete the Team Task BEFORE you start developing your task

This is an opportunity to decide with your teammates what the rules, procedures, and schedule you will follow.

Borrow freely, share willingly

This is a community dedicated to improving teaching and learning through PBL. The tasks that exist are available as example and as sources of content for your own task. Check out the Sample Scenarios to get some ideas for your own scenario. If you find a scenario and tasks that you would like to customize for your class, let a facilitator know and we will make a copy of the site (if we have ownership) for you to edit as your own. In turn, if someone asks to use your stuff, please share willingly.

Have fun along the way

Take risks, trust the process, know that just because it is difficult, doesn't mean it has to be dull. Enjoy the challenge and adventure.

Get started

Now go to Tasks & Assignments and follow the links to discover the details of each task. Be certain to review the Requirements section for each task or sub-task before you embark on your solution. Resources have been gathered for you to study as you complete the tasks. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please post them to our online community. After you have completed each task, review Debrief questions to share your learning and understanding of the task.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this task force.

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