|L to R: Don, Mark, Larry, Katie (photo shared by Katie)|
Unsurprisingly, I feel like I gained more than I gave to the experience. The planning and execution informed me greatly about the history and research behind Challenge Based Learning, giving me a stronger context for understanding it.
At the end of the webinar Mark Nichols announced some really terrific news about CBL resources that should all be operational by January.
1) Mark has produced a wonderful CBL Classroom Guide that offers explanations, templates, best practices, and answers to frequently asked questions. It is detailed but eminently readable. He’s putting the finishing touches on the appendices and it will be available as a pdf soon!
2) Mark also announced the creation of a CBL Community Site which educators and students may go to find, discuss, post challenges and all things CBL. It has a beautiful design and will be easy to use. It is potentially a great boon to those of us who have been innovating on our own. Now, whether we are home schooled or an entire school we will have a place to draw from others and contribute to a greater CBL community.
3) CBL is entering a new research phase. 15 more pilot schools will be selected for CBL training in Dallas and their CBL experiences will be thoroughly researched and reported by the New Media Consortium.
It’s exciting to be involved in all three endeavors, and of course I will continue to take more than I give. But as I do, I will try to share it with my own community of faithful blog readers! Three days in Cupertino has given Larry’s Opinion Drive-thru a major content boost!