The educator engages in a Macro Challenge, where Learners identify and investigate Big Ideas, develop Challenges, do extensive investigation across multiple academic disciplines, and take full ownership of the process. The Challenge Based Learning Framework is used from start to finish, including the implementation and evaluation of the Solution in an authentic setting.
Challenge Based Learning (CBL) provides an efficient and effective framework for learning while solving authentic Challenges. The framework is collaborative and hands-on, asking all participants (students, teachers, families, and community members) to identify Big Ideas, ask good questions, discover and solve Challenges, gain in-depth subject area knowledge, develop twenty-first-century skills, and share their ideas.
The Macro Challenge builds on the skills of the Nano and Mini Challenges. Macro Challenges are longer (one month and longer) and allow considerable latitude for the Learners.
The Challenge Based Learning Framework comprises three interconnected phases: Engage, Investigate, and Act. Each phase includes activities that prepare the Learners to move to the next stage. The Nano Challenge follows the general framework but shortens and simplifies the process.
Through a process of Essential Questioning, the Learners move from an abstract Big Idea to a concrete and actionable Challenge.
All Learners plan and participate in a learning journey that builds the foundation for Solutions and addresses curriculum requirements and personal interests.
Evidence-based Solutions are developed, implemented with an authentic audience, and then evaluated based on their results.
Throughout the Challenge, Learners document their experience using audio, video, images, and photography. The ongoing collection of content provides the resources for reflection, Informative assessment, and documentation of the learning process.
There are several pathways towards earning this micro-credential:
It is highly recommended that you use the CBL tracking matrix and/or canvas available at:
The following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn this micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3and a “Yes” for each component of Part 2.
(200-word limit for each response)
To earn this micro-credential, submit the following pieces of evidence:
Provide a reflection on what you, your peers, or students learned, using the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):
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