November 13, 2018
Reflection is a key piece of the CBL framework because it allows the learner to think deeply about the process and become aware of how they make decisions and learn. If each time I address a challenge I become more aware of my thinking processes and tendencies the better learner I will become. As I become a better learner I develop better solutions.
April 13, 2018
With the growth of brain imaging technologies and techniques the amount we know about how the brain works are expanding rapidly. The need to critically think through and apply the emerging concepts of neuroscience and the ideas of brain-based learning make neuroscience a fertile Big Idea and provide opportunities for a compelling set of challenges for all ages.
March 29, 2018
Learning how to listen attentively and think before we speak is a skill that will make our communities, families, classrooms, and the world a better place. Listening is truly an essential Big Idea for success and survival.
March 22, 2018
Who doesn’t need a little more kindness? Developing a Challenge from the Big Idea of kindness provides an opportunity to explore concepts that transcend cultures and have philosophical, structural, personal, and practical components. The Big Idea of kindness allows for various depths of analysis and the creation of challenges by all ages of learners in all contexts.
March 16, 2018
Justice is a prototypical Big Idea because it is inspirational, desirable, and directional. It provides hope, gives us something to aim for and parameters for making decisions. The challenge to promote justice should be a daily and ongoing effort to understand and make short-term gains while aspiring to a just society for everyone on earth.
March 6, 2018
This challenge focuses on the process of iteration, combines it with CBL and directs it at improving an idea or process to make a positive impact on a community. Learning to refine actions to reach the desired result is an essential skill for the CBL process and life.
March 6, 2018
The purpose of the Investigation phase of Challenge Based learning is twofold – to guide the learning process and to set the foundation for the solution prototype.
February 28, 2018
Health is a Big Idea that impacts everyone. It cuts across science, history, policy, habits, age, gender, culture and geography. As a source for a challenge, health can be contextualized and made meaningful in almost every situation.
February 16, 2018
Demonstrate your knowledge of Challenge Based Learning by completing a micro-credential. The Challenge Institute and Digital Promise have partnered to offer three levels of micro-credentials.
February 12, 2018
The Big Idea is Failure, and the challenge is to learn from failure. Through participating in this Challenge, we can learn how to change perceptions and what scaffolding needs to be in place to help people “fail forward” and improve.
February 5, 2018
Empathy is a timely Big Idea and one worthy of deep investigation. There is a general sense that we need more empathy in schools, workplaces, communities, and politics. It is easy to say that everyone needs to be more empathetic and much more difficult to implement and sustain.
January 29, 2018
Most of us abdicate the responsibility of data to experts and researchers and wait for the reports or programs to tell us what to do. Data is a resource that can be used for good and for ill, so we need to know more about data and how to use it to improve our worlds.