A Practice-Based Learning (PBL) Model for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

January 2021

Below you will find information that articulates the Practice-Based Learning model that Dean Hershock introduced last semester. His primary focus is on identifying and articulating an identity that captures a pedagogical approach to teaching, learning, and knowledge creation that is focused, first and foremost, on student success and the creation of students who embody the values and skills that we believe important for them to have. This must drive every other consideration.

This information offers a summary of what prompted the Fall 2020 conversation, the steps taken to date, and the plan forward.

Practice-Based Learning (PBL) Document prepared by Dean Hershock, January 2021

PBL Task Force Communications to Faculty and Staff and Final White Paper

February 18, 2021

FAQs from CASL Faculty and Responses from the PBL Task Force

  • Natalia Czap
  • Mike Dabkowski
  • Daniel Davis
  • Antonios Koumpias
  • Terri Laws
  • Simona Marincean
  • Anna Muller
  • Francia Martinez Valencia
  • Marie Waung (chair)

March 3, 2021

CASL Values and a PBL Operational Definition

March 16, 2021

Approaches to PBL

The task force has been discussing the following approaches to PBL, weighing the strengths and weaknesses of each. We welcome any thoughts, suggestions, or concerns that you may have regarding each approach.

March 29, 2021

Student survey results regarding PBL

This short report is based on data from a survey collected during winter of 2021 asking students about their experiences. The survey was part of the campus-wide strategic implementation effort.



Brief Presentations on Key Portions of the CASL PBL White Paper

September 7, 2021

CASL Practice-Based Learning: Interdisciplinary Themes, Courses, and Affinity Groups

Did anything happen with PBL over the summer?

We spent some of the summer developing PBL themes. The themes are designed to integrate PBL efforts within the college. In addition, they will be used to develop scholarly families or affinity groups for our students. 

Watch this 5-minute presentation on the ideas that were generated over the summer regarding PBL, or read a summary of those ideas

October 12, 2021

View the PBL Career/Major Exploration Course and the PBL Capstone Course presentation.

November 9, 2021

Teaching Innovation and a Focus on Student Retention

Read about the resources we have to help balance PBL work with the many other demands of your time.

April 8, 2022

This presentation provides a definition of PBL as well as a description of the PBL designation system that CASL will be using as we move it forward in the curriculum.

Document that provides the learning outcomes for each PBL level.

September 8, 2022

The purpose of this message is to share several items pertaining to CASL Practice-Based Learning (PBL). 

September 8 PBL Communication


A short video walking faculty through the process of determining PBL in their courses.