PBL in Remote & Hybrid Settings

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Rich Dixon  
Dr. Lisa Mireles  

How can PBL be an effective way to meet the needs of each learner when facilitated through a remote or hybrid setting? Explore best practices, tools and tips that bring the best of PBL to life by examining the common challenges and solutions to help overcome these barriers.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none needed
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to help educators be better prepared to facilitate Project Based Learning online or in hybrid situations. This data driven session will review the most common problems of practice identified by teachers who facilitate PBL in these settings. Project implementation tips and resources to create the conditions for success will be shared. Participants will review the framework of Gold Standard Project Based Teaching Practices with a focus on implementing it online. Attendees will also leave with a set of recommendations to address educational equity within the online implementation of PBL. Within this interactive session, attendees will share their insights with each other to build a collection of additional tools and tips they use right away.
Participants will demonstrate success through reflection activities that allow them to document their learning, online tools to help them implement Gold Standard PBL online and plan for next steps after the session is over.


I. Introduction, Outcomes and Overview (3 min)
II. The What & Why of PBL (7 min)
A. Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) connections with PBL
III. Gold Standard Project Based Learning Teaching Practices (30 min)
A. Overcoming Common Challenges when Teaching PBL in a Remote or Hybrid Environment
B. Tips & Resources
IV. Collaborate: Tools and Tips (10min)
V. Q&A/Debrief (10 min)
A. Reflections and planning next steps

Supporting research

Higgin, T. (2018, July 23). What Makes a Good Edtech Tool Great? - EdSurge News. Retrieved from
Hoffmann, M. (n.d.). 5 Top Ways Technology Benefits Project Based Learning. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from
Mergendoller, J. R. (2018, March). Defining High Quality PBL: A Look at the Research[PDF]. Novato: Buck Institute for Education.
Thomas, Sarah. “Achieving Digital Equity Workshop.” YouTube, 31 May 2018,
Truss, Joe. “5 Things That Make Project-Based Learning Culturally Responsive.” Getting Smart, 17 Sept. 2018,

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Rich Dixon, Clarity Innovations

Rich is the Director of Online Learning at PBLWorks/Buck Institute for Education and is passionate about applying his over 25 years as a teacher, administrator, staff developer, IT director, and curriculum coordinator to professional development in order to promote personalized learning that addresses educational equity issues. He is a national speaker who has presented on a wide range of emerging educational technology topics, including digital badges and technology enhanced pedagogy. Rich also helps develop leadership capacity for cabinet level school district administrators as a faculty member of the Education Innovation Alliance.

Dr. Lisa Mireles, PBLWorks: Buck Institute for Education

Dr. Lisa Mireles is an equity-centered educator dedicated to making school more interesting and engaging for all learners. Having served in public, independent and international schools as a teacher, coach, principal, and district-level administrator, she brings a unique perspective that lifts up the intersection of deeper learning pedagogical approaches, technology integration, and heart-centered leadership. Lisa was a founding member of the Kauai Educational Leadership Alliance, the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education, and Edcamp Kauai.

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