Project-based learning is an individual or group activity that goes on over a period of time, resulting in a product, presentation, or performance. It typically has a time line and milestones, and progress checks as the project proceeds. This method is centered around the learner and encourages collaboration and cooperative learning. PBL is designed so that students are actively engaged in “doing” things rather than in simply “learning about” them.
In her post on UDL and The Flipped-Classroom: The Full Picture, Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., describes the principles of Universal Design for Learning and how they naturally occur when a full cycle of learning, including ideas related to the flipped classroom, are used within the instructional process.
The flipped classroom is a reversed teaching model that delivers instruction at home through interactive, teacher-created video lectures, audio lectures, content-rich websites and online chats. This method allows for students to “rewind” and repeat lessons and gives them more opportunity for mastery of topics. The flipped classroom model helps to create a collaborative learning environment in the classroom that will work in conjunction with the project-based learning model, providing more classroom time for hands-on, project-based learning to take place.