In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.
In our latest episode, Brian welcomes MIND’s Lead Mathematician Brandon Smith back to the show, for a discussion on project-based and problem-based learning. Brandon talks about the similarities and differences between the two, as well as some common misconceptions about them.
He also provides guidance on how to get the most out of project and problem-based learning by increasing student choice, creatively reframing problems, and adding more fun to the process.
If you want to build creative capacity, you want to develop a student's desire to take risks, and to fail quickly and to iterate, and then to actually get to a point where they really complete the problem, or solve it.
-Brandon Smith, MIND Research Institute
You can listen to the episode in the player below:
Topics Covered in the Podcast:
0:45 Intro 3:15 Problem-based and project-based defined 5:00 Creativity as an action 7:30 Challenges in current PBL approaches 10:00 Tackling solvable problems 15:00 Testing and Iterating 17:45 Encouraging risk-taking
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Brian LeTendre was the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian worked cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.