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604 Project-based Learning in the 21st Century: A Case Study

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 21

Tracks: Development & Tools

How do you assess the effectiveness of your training? How do you know how well your learners absorbed the material and can apply it? This presentation will compare and contrast quiz-based assessment with project-based assessment, focusing on a case study of a coding bootcamp at Capital One that transitioned from one to the other. You’ll also leave with recommendations for how you can make this transition in your own organization.

If you’re at Learning Solutions, you probably already love to teach. But the learner experience can be much less energizing. We’ve all sat through learning experiences that not only drained us but didn’t stick. The solution is to challenge your learners with practical projects in which they practice the learning material directly, using the same tools they’d use outside the classroom (or as close as possible). Project-based learning is an ancient technique, and this presentation will show you how to actually assess learner comprehension through the projects your learners complete. In addition, you’ll hear about the implementation of this approach in a bootcamp at Capital One and learn from our experience, including valuable takeaways and “gotchas.”

In this session, you will learn:

  • The history of project-based learning
  • How to fairly assess learner project submissions
  • How to create and assess multiple projects that increase in complexity
  • Key differences between assessing individual and group projects
  • How Capital One transitioned an internal bootcamp from quiz-based to project-based assessment

Brent Newhall

Instructional Lead

Capital One

Brent P. Newhall spent over 20 years in the software engineering field, primarily as a software developer at companies ranging from startups to Amazon and NASA, while continuously offering educational opportunities by teaching night courses in software development. He then transitioned to the educational field full-time, and currently co-leads a six-month software developer boot camp at Capital One. He has been instrumental in revamping this bootcamp to better suit learner needs.