PAST offers a variety of dynamic Online courses for educators of every field in all grade levels on relevant, innovative topics that connect theory to practice. Designed for individual or group participants, courses are delivered through a combination of instructional podcasts, videos and live virtual class meetings.
Introduction to Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning (TPBL)
This four week, online introductory course provides an overview of the instructional strategies associated with Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning (TPBL).Delivered through a combination of podcasts, virtual synchronous discussions, and conception homework, P3 Design: Introduction to TPBL prepares teachers to begin implementing TPBL in the classroom.
- Habits of Mind
- Principles of Design
- Building TPBL Modules
- Short Cycle Assessment
The total cost for the 4 week course is $300. There
will be a one hour live virtual meeting per week. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion for 20 hours (2 CEUs).
For more information about receiving university credit see P3 Collegiate Credit Information.
Effective Delivery of Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning (TPBL)
P3 Delivery is the second course in the P3 series. The course focuses on implementation and delivery of planned TPBL modules.Taking theory to practice, P3 Delivery helps teachers deliver robust and effective TPBL units, strengthening community, business and industry partnerships.
Over four weeks we explore:
- Gap Assessment Strategies
- Aligning Student Outcomes to TPBL Modules
- Evidence of Learning
- Increasing Student Engagement
- Modifying TPBL Modules
The total cost for the 4 week course is $300. There will be a one hour live virtual meeting per week. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion for 20 hours (2 CEUs). For more information about receiving university credit see P3 Collegiate Credit Information.
Prerequisite for this course: P3 Design: Introduction to TPBL
P3 Applied online course and summer experiences help you make the switch from content-based teaching to applied learning. To get started take our three-week online course P3 Applied. P3 Applied is an online course paced over three weeks that includes video podcasts combined with three live virtual meetings. It focuses on how you teach, utilizes design-thinking, involves team collaboration, and uses effective communication – all key components for a successful launch.
If you’re up for more, join us for one of our Immersive PD experiences that will help you design programs that work for you and your students, while you work alongside students developing your content! You act as a student and learn what they are learning each morning. Then in the afternoons, you will meet to design and build your plan. A final virtual meeting after your program is launched will be scheduled as follow-up support.
3 week online course fee: $300 (1 CEU )
3 week online course & Immersive PD experience: $1,050 (2 CEUs)
P3 Applied: First Robotics Competition
Teachers participating in the Immersive PD will work along side student teams as they design, build and test their robots during the week long FIRST® Robotics Competition bridge program. FIRST® Robotics Competition is designed for students in 9th-12th grade. During this week-long, full-day camp, student teams will be given an unknown challenge featuring a ball on day one. All students will go through the brainstorm, design, build process, and also learn how to program the robot to operate in either LabVIEW, C++, or Java. Additionally, students will learn basic shop tools as they design build and test their robot. The week concludes with a competition on the final day.
P3 Applied: Minecraft Mathematics Elementary
Teachers participating in the Immersive PD will work along side student teams as they design and evaluate their Minecraft builds during the week-long Minecraft Mathematics: Elementary bridge program. Minecraft Mathematics: Elementary is designed for students entering 3rd – 5th grade in the autumn. Students will mine and craft mathematics skills with one of today’s most popular video and computer games, Minecraft. Students will partake in a variety of tasks designed to foster their understanding of proportional and algebraic reasoning, scale, measurement, and coordinate plane geometry.