Blog Posts Process Management

Engaging Education: Project Based Learning

Blog: Monday Project Management Blog

From planning a wedding to running a restaurant to starting your own business, the world is filled with projects. When thinking about work in the “real world,” most jobs do not involve memorizing information, taking tests, and completing worksheets. Rather, jobs involve collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication with others.

The idea behind project-based learning (pbl) is that the traditional or “gold standard” form of education in which students listen to lectures, memorize information, and are then tested on what they have learned is neither an effective nor realistic teaching method.

In the 1880s, famous psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus discovered the Forgetting Curve, in which, “ without any reinforcement or connections to prior knowledge, information is quickly forgotten—roughly 56 percent in one hour, 66 percent after a day, and 75 percent after six days.” (Edutopia).

After taking a test, students often forget the information they have learned. After listening to a lecture, students often forget what was just said. After completing a worksheet, students often forget the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

Throughout this article, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of project-based learning. From what it is to why it is important to how can help, project-based learning is the future and by the end of this article, you’ll be an expert on it.

What is project based learning?

With project-based learning, students are given a real world problem, challenge, or scenario at the beginning of teaching a new topic or lesson. They are assigned groups and tasked with solving this problem or driving question while simultaneously learning and engaging with the knowledge and skills surrounding the pbl unit.

The main difference between project-based learning and a regular school project is that plb units are longer term, more real world focused, teach more than just a single subject, and emphasize student engagement and outside the box thinking.

The core components of high quality PBL:

Why project based learning?

There are a plethora of reasons why project-based learning is a more effective and realistic form of teaching. When it comes to teaching, students and teachers are those who matter, which is project based learning emphasizes communication and engagement with peers and teachers rather than isolated work and passive feedback.

For students: 

Additionally, because project-based learning focuses on real world scenarios, students are more prepared for the workforce, learning 21st century skills applicable to the real world such as critical thinking, presentation, communication, and technology skills.

According to MagnifyLearning, “those who have high 21st century skill development are twice as likely to have higher work quality compared to those who had low 21st century skill development” (Pearson Foundation/Microsoft 2013).

For seachers: 

 Educators of America states that through project-based learning “teachers have the chance to engage with students on a higher personal level by discovering their interests and concerns and then performing important, high-quality work alongside them” (Educators of America).

Example of project based learning 

text boxes describing the flow of a project based learning unit


Text boxes continuace(Magnify Learning)


How supports project based learning 

Communication & collaboration:

Two of the most important aspects to project-based learning are communication and collaboration. understands how important this is to not only education and school but to the workplace and society as a whole.

That is why all of’s boards and templates are entirely shareable, meaning one student can share a template with his or her team member and work collaboratively even in an online setting. The best part is — is free for all students!

Going back to the Project Based Learning social studies example above, take a look at this template here to see how’s hundreds of pre-made templates can help students learn, work, and research together. board lists resources for research


As you can see above, with’s Single Project Research template, students can group, add, and organize their sources directly onto a single platform. That way team members can add notes, comments, and collaborate with each other even online!

Click here to watch a quick clip and learn how can optimize your team’s communication and collaboration even more.


Project management:

In a tweet by Elon Musk, he states

“Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology”

Technology is everything and knowing how to use technology is a valuable and marketable asset to have in the 21st century.

Specifically, platform based project management is extremely important. Think of Microsoft, Google, Hulu, Adidas… whatever company it may be, big or small, learning how to work with teams, plan projects, and communicate online is more important than ever and not as easy as it sounds.

Why start developing this skill once you’re already in the workforce when you can start now? And for free!

Look here at these Student Life templates below. Not only does make it easy to manage your classes, stay on top of your assignments, and keep track of all your responsibilities, but simultaneously you’ll be developing the skill of platform based project management.

table of class assignments

Watch this video to learn more about project management on

Time management: 

Along with the skill of platform based project management, time management is everything. Being able to juggle multiple projects, prioritize your responsibilities, and consistently meet deadlines is challenging.

That is why is here to help.

For example, with views like the Timeline View, you can plan out your entire day, month, or even semester! That way you can stay on top of deadlines, meet due dates, and… have time for those classic college experiences.

Timeline of assignments

Want to learn about how you can optimize your time with Click here to read more!

Whether it be as complex as launching a school-wide recycling program that solves an identified problem with existing environmental issues or as simple as starting a class school supply business, measuring real-world business metrics like supply, demand, profit, and loss, project based learning fosters engagement, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Student work based upon the idea of building up 21st century skills, working with others, and creating an ongoing and immersive learning environment is what pbl is all about. not only values the concept and theory behind project-based learning but also wants to help and support students throughout their learning experience. By providing all students with a free and customizable platform to communicate, collaborate, develop project management skills, manage time, and organize responsibilities, is your one stop shop for all of your remote learning and evolving needs.


The post Engaging Education: Project Based Learning appeared first on Blog.

Leave a Comment

Get the BPI Web Feed

Using the HTML code below, you can display this Business Process Incubator page content with the current filter and sorting inside your web site for FREE.

Copy/Paste this code in your website html code:

<iframe src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" width="100%" height="700">

Customizing your BPI Web Feed

You can click on the Get the BPI Web Feed link on any of our page to create the best possible feed for your site. Here are a few tips to customize your BPI Web Feed.

Customizing the Content Filter
On any page, you can add filter criteria using the MORE FILTERS interface:

Customizing the Content Filter

Customizing the Content Sorting
Clicking on the sorting options will also change the way your BPI Web Feed will be ordered on your site:

Get the BPI Web Feed

Some integration examples