As a college, Orpheus has a long-standing tradition of running small projects in theme-focused study weeks. However, when we discovered project-based learning and its associated pedagogies, we immediately saw how compatible it would be with our approach. While our past projects weren't always consistent or goal-focused, Edge’s workshop showed us the benefit of a solid structure. So we decided to conduct a six-week pilot using PBL and the driving question: ‘Who Am I?’
This initial project encouraged learners to explore their identity and its importance within the community. While it was our first foray into PBL, using it for the first six weeks of the academic year allowed us to quickly assess learners’ academic level, independent living and baseline skills. In fact, it was so successful that we’re planning to use it again at the start of the next academic year. But this was just the start.