2015 Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Online Institute

    Project-based learning has had a rich and productive history extending for over 100 years. Embark on a journey of discovery to better understand project-based language learning (PBLL) and explore its connections with 21st Century Skills, content-based instruction, performance assessment and your own instructional context. Experts in the field guide you through the creation of a project blueprint. Connect with colleagues who have a common interest in quality PBLL implementation. 

    Complete Option 1 as part of a facilitated cohort or Option 2 via self-paced study. Successfully complete all assigned tasks and earn an NFLRC digital badge, which qualifies you to apply to the NFLRC 2015 Intensive Summer Institute in Honolulu.

    Option 1 (facilitated – limited enrollment) – CLOSED

    Registration Deadline: January 23, 2015 – CLOSED (enrollment full)

    Session dates

    Jan 28 | Feb 04 | Feb 11 | Feb 18 | Feb 25

    Session times (Five 90-minute live webinars)

    12pm Hawai‘i | 2pm PST | 3pm MST | 4pm CST | 5pm EST

    Cost: Free 

    Option 2 (self-paced)

    Registration Deadline: May 31, 2015 – CLOSED

    First Module (five in all) opens January 31st

    Cost: Free


    Tech requirements

    In order to participate in the online institute, you will need the following:

    • Computer with web browser and internet connection
    • A Gmail account (or a university/school/organization-affiliated Grmail account) (If you do not have a Gmail account, you can sign up for one for free – https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/27441)


    • 5 synchronous sessions (applies only to Option 1)
    • A series of short video lectures
    • 5 core readings
    • Short quizzes
    • A final quiz
    • Forum discussions (optional, but highly encouraged)
    • One peer reviewed capstone project (Project Blueprint)


    Free, publicly available materials and resources.


    Will I get a certificate after completing this institute?

    You will earn an electronic badge granted by the National Foreign Language Resource Center that specifies the following: (a) the description of the institute goals and objectives, (b) the activities you participated in, and (c) evidence of your performance (a link to your capstone project).

    Will I receive university credit?

    At this time, university credit is not available for this institute. However, if you complete the institute and submit your Project Blueprint, you will receive an NFLRC Digital Badge that acknowledges your work.

    What resources will I need for this institute?

    The NFLRC provides all the materials you will need.

    I’m taking the facilitated version. What if I miss a webinar?

    You will need to learn the missing material on your own time afterwards. Please be advised that video materials and online institute interactions will not be available until a few days after a Module’s date and you will not be able to interact and ask questions as you would during the live facilitated session.

    If you think you will have to miss more than half of the live Facilitated sessions, we ask you to change from Option 1 (Facilitated) to Option 2 (Self-Study) to make room for those who can participate in Option 1 (Facilitated) fully. If you need to change options, please contact us at nflrc@hawaii.edu.

    Whom should I contact if I have any questions about the Online Institute?

    Please send all your inquiries to nflrc@hawaii.edu.