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Ability Projects

Defining Project Based Learning

A systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks.

VCSU Projects Based on VCSU Abilities and Skills

Each course at VCSU should contain at least one Ability project. The Ability for a course is directed by the VCSU Catalog pages 39-41 if it is a General Education course and by the Divisional program maps if the course included in a Major or Minor. The Ability Project description should be included in the course syllabus or maybe a separate document for larger projects. Projects are cross walked between the course content and the selected Ability. The syllabus Description should include:
  • Ability
  • Skill
  • Level
  • Rubric for successful completion of project
  • A reflective statement should be required as part of the project completion
The completed project as provided to the instructor by the student should include:
  • Name of Ability
  • Name of skill
  • Reflective statement on the students learning experience with the project. Reflections may be written, audio, or video.
More on writing good reflections.