From Basics to Beyond: Using, Promoting, & Teaching Project-Based Learning

Through active and applied learning, students who participate in a project-based learning (PBL) are more engaged, are better researchers, and self-directed in their learning. What’s the difference between a problem and a project, and where do you (and the library) fit in? In this course, participants will learn about the basics of project-based learning, including relevant terminology, best practices, curriculum integration, tools and techniques, and assessment. Teachers and librarians can partner in cross/multi-disciplinary units, with librarians supporting the curriculum through materials, instruction, community connections, and directed research skills, or even driving the curriculum development at their school or in their department, even in a test-based, time constrained environment. This course will explore all of these ideas, from the basic building blocks of PBL to alignment with ISTE, AASL, ACRL, 21st Century, and Common Core State Standards.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the structure, terminology, and process for building project-based learning curriculum.
  • Explore opportunities and ideas for getting students to work productively, engage in decision making, and apply critical thinking and 21st century skills as essential components of their success.

  • Appraise the appropriateness and design of project-based learning as relevant and applicable for cross-disciplinary learning in order to fulfill requirements of a skill-based curriculum.

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Rhonda Huisman is an Associate Dean for University Libraries at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. She serves on ACRL-Instruction and LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table) committees related to High-Impact Practices, Transitions to College, and is a facilitator for ACRL’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education program. She has been a 7-12 grade teacher, K-12 school library assistant, and has presented on project-based learning for AASL, served as a consultant on PBL curriculum, and is the author of “Need to know: Partnerships in Project-Based Learning” (2013) in Kennedy & Green’s (Eds.). Collaborative Models for Librarian and Teacher Partnerships. Rhonda’s research agenda is examining the impact of librarians and libraries on college readiness and student success.



$25.00 (The course is open to current, personal members of AASL. Not a member? Join here.)

How to Register

This course is not being offered at this time.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


Registrants successfully completing the course may request a Certificate of Completion for 12 contact hours.


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