Recently I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel with a diverse group of educators from Full Sail University to discuss the meaningful integration of student projects and portfolios into our degree programs.
The conversation touched upon both the opportunities and challenges presented with a project based curriculum.
There's a long held belief that our job as educators is to deliver content.
THAT PARADIGM IS SHORTSIGHTED.
Yes, it is our job to to share concepts, techniques and best practices on a given topic, but more important, we must help our students to make personally and professionally relevant connections to the material.
The challenge is in letting go of "what we know" - to stop talking and listen. It requires us to get to know our students - their interests and talents and help them find where those intersect into meaningful work.