Project-Based Learning: Motivations, Implementation, and Impacts


Project-Based Learning: Motivations, Implementation, and Impacts

Keynote Address

ZSR 404 (Auditorium)

Richard Vaz, Director, Center for Project-Based Learning Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

In this interactive lecture, Richard Vaz, Director of the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will introduce project-based learning (PBL) as a strategy for helping students develop key skills and abilities such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and creative problem-solving. He’ll help us explore how PBL fits into the landscape of higher education, look at examples of PBL across the curriculum, and discuss results from a study looking at long-term impacts of PBL on graduates.


Faculty Panel

ZSR 404 (Auditorium)

Claudia Kairoff, Professor of English
Rowie Kirby-Straker, Assistant Teaching Professor of Communication
Alan Brown, Associate Professor of Education
Phoebe Zerwick, Associate Professor of the Practice of Journalism
Paúl Pauca, Professor of Computer Science



ZSR 666, Wilson Wing (TLC Lounge)


Richard Vaz oversaw the expansion of WPI’s Global Projects Program from 18 locations in 2006 to 46 locations in 2015, including new programs in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. In that time, Vaz helped drive an increase in student participation in off-campus project programs, from 40 percent to over 70 percent, and a doubling of faculty participation in those programs. He oversees efforts to evaluate and enhance the quality of WPI’s interdisciplinary research project requirement; from 2012 to 2014, he directed a major study evaluating the long-term impacts of 38 years’ worth of project work by WPI alumni. In 2015, he led the development and delivery of WPI’s first Institute on Project-Based Learning, an initiative to help other colleges and universities make progress implementing project-based learning on their campuses.

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Z. Smith Reynolds Library, 404 (Auditorium) & 666 Wilson Wing (TLC Lounge)
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Academics, Center for the Advancement of Teaching Special Events


Administrative, Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Dean of the College

Target Audience

Faculty, Staff, Alumni, General Public, Parents/Guests, Students


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Elizabeth Barre

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