Practice-Based Learning in COB

Since its inception, the College of Business (COB) has made experiential learning a key element of its curriculum.  In its early years, the COB required all of its BBA students to complete two semesters of internship.  Although no longer a requirement for graduation, the COB still encourages students to complete at least one internship. The faculty in the COB believe that by applying the knowledge students learn in the classroom to current industry challenges, the value of their BBA education is enhanced.

Over the years, the COB experiential learning experiences have evolved and grown to include Practiced Based Learning (PBL) and to include all COB programs.

What is Practice-Based Learning?

Practice-Based Learning in College of BusinessPBL is learning by doing. Through PBL, students are guided by faculty on projects which require the students to apply their classroom learning to current industry challenges.  This can take a number of forms including consulting projects with clients external to the campus, simulations, presentations of solutions to current industry challenges to a panel of industry experts, and connections to mentors who provide advice on solving the assigned business issue. 

What is the Goal of Practiced Based Learning?

The goal of PBL is to develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.  According to COB employers, these skills are critical to be successful in today’s workforce.

Faculty Training In Practiced Based Learning?

The COB is committed to integrating PBL best practices throughout its curriculum. To that end, the COB has sent several faculty teams to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Project Based Learning, an industry expert in PBL. In the next few years, the COB has committed to sending several more teams to the institute. 

Which Courses Offer Practiced Based Learning?

The majority of courses in the COB offer some form of PBL. Some recent examples of PBL include: