Topic: Constructivism, Problem Based Learning, and Do-First Design

Outcome(s) Activities Measure(s) Materials



1. Participants will evaluate current teaching experiences and identify if they are constructivistic (vs behavioristic, cognitivistic, or connectivistic).


2. Participants will create a rubric for constructivistic learning experiences.

Read Primary materials


Participate in the Flipped Learning MOOC


Guest speakers


TED talks / video presentations

Participants will identify and rate current teaching and learning methods.


Participants will also add to a crowdsourced rubric of constructivism efficacy.

Primary: Constructivistic Learning Environments: Case Studies in Instructional Design (1998)


Secondary: How People Learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. (Bransford, Brown, Cocking, 2014)



1. Participants will create a problem-based learning experience for students.


2. Participants will evaluate success of their constructivistic experience for themselves as well as for a peer.

Read secondary materials


Attend a Maker’s conference.

Participants will design and document a problem-based learning experience lasting at least one week.


Participants will also add to a crowdsourced rubric of experiential learning.

Sage (optional):


1. Participants will construct a curriculum for adjunct faculty which explains constructivism and suggests minor problem-based experiences across modalities within the confines of a centralized curriculum.

Read Primary and Secondary materials


Evaluate Maker’s space experiments at other universities.


Explore the difference between constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism, and connectivism.

Produce a curriculum plan for constructivism across modalities, specific to assessment, activities, and presentation assets. Primary: Learning in Adulthood – Part 4 (Caffarella / Baumgartner, 2005)