2003, the Buck Institute
for Education published a revised, second edition
of the BIE
Project Based Learning Handbook. By
2007, there were twenty thousand educators throughout the world
using the BIE PBL Handbook to help them conceive, plan,
implement and assess engaging, standards-focused projects. The
popularity of the Handbook convinced the Buck Institute for Education
that an online resource distilling the information, examples and
resources contained in the PBL Handbook would benefit
educators who were committed to Project Based Learning but did
not own the BIE PBL Handbook.
We had several goals for this new web site which we titled, “PBL-Online.” The
first goal was to provide a brief introduction to the basic ideas
and methodology underlying Project Based Learning. A second goal
was to create an interactive site that would coach pre-service
and practicing teachers through the process of planning a project.
A third goal was to develop a project library – we called
it a “collaboratory” – that teachers could search
or browse to find ideas for projects. We also wanted teachers to
contribute their own projects to the collaboratory, and include
relevant images and documents about the project. A final goal was
to provide access to a three credit, online course about Project
PBL-Online is based on the PBL planning methodology developed
by BIE in consultation with a group of expert PBL teachers throughout
the United States. For more background on PBL, the BIE PBL methodology,
and links to PBL resources for training and information, please
PBL-Online will guide you through the proven method for planning
a project described in BIE
Project Based Learning Handbook. No log in is required.
To explore a library of example projects that you can search and
download for your use, log in to the Collaboratory.
When you log in, you become a member of the PBL online community.
You can collaborate on projects. You can also post your own project
and share it with other teachers.
For pre-service or in-service teachers, this site also offers
a complete on-line course, including a teacher
handbook and a student
The course may be adapted as a three-unit course or offered as
part of professional development programs. You may download this
course and place it on your course management system (e.g., Blackboard,
Moodle), as long as you give BIE some basic identifying information
such as the name of the instructor, course title and number, and
the name of the university offering the course. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to request more information.
PBL-Online was developed under the leadership of the Buck
Institute for Education, a leading source for professional
development, materials and research on Project Based Learning in
the United States and throughout the world. For more information
on BIE or the products and services it provides, visit www.bie.org.