Project-based learning, problem-based learning – what’s what!

Is there a difference between problem-based learning and project-based learning?  I found this post from John Larmer, in the Edutopia blog, a good explanation of the similarities and differences between project-based learning and problem-based learning.  Here is his summary:

The author explains that in each, the essential elements of “gold standard” project-based learning are present.

How useful it would be to have a scaffold to help design the task!  You might like to explore the Global Digital Citizenship Foundation’s solution fluency which provides a step-by-step guide using the 6 Ds process – define, discover, dream, design, deliver, debrief.

Learning Styles – a Myth?

What is your learning style? Kinesthetic, auditory, visual?  This post from Quartz –  Kinesthetic no more: You may think you learn better in a certain way. You actually don’tdebunks the notion of learning styles.  Interesting!   What does this mean for the plethora of publications and training courses built around the concept?

A more recent Quartz blog post states that “the concept of different ‘learning styles’ is one of the greatest neuroscience myths”.   Supported by evidence from several papers, the author suggests that we all fundamentally learn in a similar way and in spite of a “thriving industry devoted to such guidebooks”, there is little evidence to prove the hypothesis.  It’s not surprising – the theory always seemed a little simplistic to me.