College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > About > Initiatives > HumanitiesX Collaborative > News and Events > Faculty Learn About Project-based Learning in Full-Day Workshop
By HumanitiesX /
January 14, 2020 /
Posted in: Workshops /
On December 2, 2019, twenty-six faculty members in
DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences came together for a full-day workshop on project-based learning. The workshop featured a keynote session by Georgetown Associate Provost and national project-based learning expert
Dr. Randy Bass and a collaborative course-design workshop led by
Dr. Seán McCarthy of James Madison University (JMU). McCarthy is a founding member of
JMU X-Labs, a national leader in multidisciplinary, project-based learning.
The workshop was supported by the
Julian Grace Foundation and
DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Faculty who participated received a $300 stipend and can receive an additional $200 for applying their learning in either an application to teach a project-based course through the
HumanitiesX programs, or by modifying an existing course to encorporate a project.
In addition to the time with Bass and McCarthy, the workshop also featured a Q&A with a panel of DePaul faculty engaged in project-based learning, and an introduction to community-engaged service learning, led by the
Steans Center Associate Director, Rubén Álvarez Silva.
What is PbL?PbL assignments have most or all of the following characteristics:
Building PbL Resources and Encouraging Faculty RelationshipsFor the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the workshop aligned with a broader strategy to both develop PbL resources—in the form of ideas, examples, and coaching—and to provide space for faculty to develop relationships centered on pedagogical innovation. Project-based learning and interdisciplinary collaboration are both at the core of the College’s two major teaching fellowship opportunities, the
Community and Project-based Learning Co-Teaching Fellowship (CPbL) and the
Though the workshop was a one-time event, DePaul faculty who are interested in PbL can learn more via the following: