Lead Project-Based Learning Project AssistantDepartment:
Ctr for Teaching/Learning/ResearchJob Description:
Essential Functions: Project-Based Learning Project Assistants (PAs) are intended to help facilitate high quality project-based learning in the Middlebury College curriculum. The Lead PBL PA will play a leadership role in helping other students be effective in their job serving as PBL PAs, help to oversee activities and training, and work closely with faculty and staff who comprise the Project-Based Learning Community of Practice to support faculty implementing Project-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy into their courses, as well as for Community of Practice meetings and discussions. A key function of the Lead Project-Based Learning Project Assistant (PA) is to play a leadership role in ensuring that a cohort of peers serving as PBL Project Assistants is adequately prepared and skilled to provide high quality resources and support to faculty using PBL in their classes. The PBL PAs support faculty in preparing and carrying-out a project within an academic course, as well as support the PBL Community of Practice. Specific tasks will vary depending on the current base of student knowledge regarding PBL, the needs of a faculty member(s), and possible community partnership, as well as the particular strengths of the PA. The Lead PA will help organize training sessions and work with PBL Community of Practice organizers to arrange and prepare to provide key PBL resources and support to faculty as they request it. Areas of support may include: * Training and Skill Development: Facilitate skills-based workshops on topics such as: • Goals & Principles of PBL • Team Development • Project Management • Creating Reflective Spaces • Relationship Building • Community Partnership Best Practices. e,g, DLINQ, Oratory Now *Course Preparation: Consult with faculty member on syllabus or assignment development. *Community Projects: Manage project logistics and timeline. *Facilitating Class Activities and Assignments: Reflection Activities, Team-building or strengthening activities, Project management activities, Other Service-Learning Activities *Community Partnership Development & Support: Regularly check in with community partners using phone, Zoom, email, and other technologies. *Evaluation/Assessment: implement project evaluation for students and/or community partner. *They may serve other duties and functions similar to teaching assistants, as needed. In addition, the Lead PBL PA will have general responsibilities that support activities of the PBL Community of Practice, such as to: * help organize Community of Practice meetings and be a contributing member of the Community. * research materials and resources on key topics related to PBL that follow up on Community of Practice discussions and/or instruction. *Work with faculty to incorporate material into courses *help identify, deliver, and possibly develop key resources to help facilitate project-based learning pedagogy, and possibly help test and assess key components. *In addition, the PA may help develop materials with similar content to be used in faculty development workshops on PBL course design, PBL as anti-racist pedagogy, and PBL in the First-Year Seminar, among other topics. Posting Number:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: *Leadership * PBL Skills, such teamwork and collaboration, project management, facilitating inquiry, etc. *Strong written and oral communication skills *Comfort with remote teamwork and collaboration *Attention to detail. Able to work independently .
Experience: *Previous experience as a PBL Project Assistant with project work, preferably in an academic context (e.g. internships, course projects, student organization partnerships with community members/organizations) desirable. *Student leadership experience. Experience training and supervising peers is helpful. *Experience working directly with faculty (e.g. research assistantship, independent study, other) is also useful.
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