Project-Based Learning with Calandrando


Course Outcome

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to design and implement project-based learning modules using the Calandrando approach, fostering students’ critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and real-world applications.

Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction to Project-Based Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Define project-based learning and its benefits.
  • Understand the principles of the Calandrando approach.

Real-World Example: Discuss the impact of project-based learning on student engagement and achievement.


  1. Brainstorm and share personal experiences with project-based learning.
  2. Analyze case studies of successful project-based learning initiatives.

Discussion Question: How can project-based learning benefit students in various educational settings?

Module 2: Backwards Design and Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply the backward design process to create effective learning modules.
  • Define clear learning outcomes for a project.

Real-World Example: Examine a curriculum designed using backward design principles.


  1. Discuss the stages of backward design.
  2. Create learning outcomes for a sample project.

Discussion Question: How can backward design improve the effectiveness of project-based learning?

Module 3: Designing Project-Based Learning Modules

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the steps to design project-based learning modules.
  • Explore various project types and formats.

Real-World Example: Explore successful project-based learning modules and their impact on student outcomes.


  1. Collaboratively design a project-based learning module.
  2. Explore different project formats (individual, group, etc.).

Discussion Question: What are the key elements in designing an effective project-based learning module?

Module 4: Implementing Project-Based Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the practical steps to implement project-based learning.
  • Discuss strategies for classroom management during projects.

Real-World Example: Observe a classroom implementing project-based learning with the Calandrando approach.


  1. Role-play classroom scenarios during a project.
  2. Create a classroom management plan for a project.

Discussion Question: How can educators effectively implement project-based learning in diverse classroom environments?

Module 5: Assessing and Evaluating Projects

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore assessment methods for project-based learning.
  • Understand the importance of formative and summative assessment.

Real-World Example: Analyze project assessments and their impact on student learning.


  1. Create assessment rubrics for a project.
  2. Analyze the role of feedback in project-based learning.

Discussion Question: How can assessment strategies support the growth of project-based learning skills?

Module 6: Culminating Project and Future Directions

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a culminating project based on Calandrando principles.
  • Explore future trends and innovations in project-based learning.

Real-World Example: Showcase a successful student-led culminating project.


  1. Design and present a culminating project using the Calandrando approach.
  2. Discuss emerging trends in project-based learning.

Discussion Question: What are the potential future directions for project-based learning in education?

Project Plan: Calandrando Project Implementation

Project Components

  1. Project Proposal
  2. Project Timeline
  3. Resources and Materials
  4. Assessment Rubric
  5. Implementation Plan
  6. Student Reflection

The final project will involve designing and implementing a project-based learning module using the Calandrando approach. Participants will present their projects to their peers, showcasing how they have applied the course concepts to create an engaging and effective learning experience.

For each module, we will create engaging video scripts that explain the lesson’s relevance to the project plan. These videos will serve as an anchor for each module and connect the theoretical content to the practical project work.

Expand Learning: To further enhance your understanding, consider conducting peer reviews of each other’s project plans and provide constructive feedback. This collaborative approach will offer insights from different perspectives.

By the end of this course, you will be well-equipped to design and implement engaging project-based learning experiences that cater to the diverse needs of your students, while also following the Calandrando approach.