Envisioning PBLL

January 1–March 31, 2020

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Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) is designed as an open-enrollment course for language educators beginning to learn about Project-based Language Learning (PBLL). Successful learners will be able to describe essential features of high quality PBLL and to generate high-quality ideas for projects using the Product Square. An optional badge is available at a small fee for candidates fulfilling course requirements.



Registration and the content for this MOOC is FREE. However, if you wish to earn the optional digital badge for completion afterwards, you will need to meet the badge criteria and pay a nominal fee ($25) to have your submitted materials evaluated by NFLRC staff.



Course opens on January 1, 2020 and closes on March 31, 2020. If you register during Fall 2019, you will be sent an email on January 1 with your online course login information.

Learning Outcomes

The following is a selection of targeted learning outcomes for this massive open online course (MOOC):

  • identify essential features of high quality project-based learning (PBL) project designs
  • identify key concerns of project-based language learning PBLL compared to PBL in other disciplines
  • describe sources for project ideas
  • identify the three dimensions of “authenticity” in projects
  • craft an effective “driving question” (challenging question or problem)
  • generate multiple project ideas and test them using the Product Square, aligning product, audience, partners, and purpose
  • anticipate "Need-To-Knows" for a project's content, skills, and management

Instruction spans five modules, for an equivalent of five hours' contact time (or one-half CEU). A digital badge is conferred on participants who complete specified tasks in the MOOC and submit them for evaluation.

Badge Criteria

Digital badge submission deadline: March 31, 2020

  1. Learned about fundamental aspects of Project-based Language Learning (PBLL) and some of the commonalities and differences between PBL and PBLL by completing a series of online modules.
  2. Completed and submitted the following deliverables:
    • three project ideas; 
    • three Product Squares;
    • one revised Product Square;
    • a self-evaluative composition reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the Product Square they have generated.
  3. Participated in a collegial discussion on topics related to language learning project planning, design, and implementation by posting substantive responses to prompts related to PBLL in the majority (i.e., at least 3) of the discussions in the lessons.


Developing Your Project Further

For those interested in developing their project idea further (including planning for implementation and teaching), you may be interested in applying for our Planning for Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) summer institute, which will take place at the University of Utah in June 2020. Earning a digital badge from the Envisioning PBLL MOOC (see above) is a prerequisite for applying. Summer institute application deadline March 20, 2020.

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