Addressing Food Deserts in Miami
A food desert is described as an area where “low-income families have little access to affordable food sites and grocery stores that carry nutritious food.”
Residents of these neighborhoods do not own automobiles, nor are they at a walking distance from larger grocery stores that offer healthy options such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
Often, they rely on corner markets and convenience stores, which are close by, but which have a very limited selection of healthy, natural foods. The neighborhood of Little Haiti has been identified as a food desert.
Design a solution that will allow the people of Little Haiti to have access to healthy, natural foods while addressing these key areas:
- What is your goal?
- What areas of background research will you focus on?
- What stakeholders will you consult with, and how?
- What do you think you can deliver?
Reference: Orellana, Lauren. (2018, September 25). Food deserts in Miami. Retrieved from: https://caringformiami.org/food-deserts-in-miami/
What is Project Based Learning?
PBL in Film & Music Business
What do Employers Want?
According to AACU, the Top Ten Things Employers Look for in New College Graduates are...
- The ability to work well in teams—especially with people different from yourself.
- An understanding of science and technology and how these subjects are used in real-world settings.
- The ability to write and speak well.
- The ability to think clearly about complex problems.
- The ability to analyze a problem to develop workable solutions.
- An understanding of global context in which work is now done.
- The ability to be creative and innovative in solving problems.
- The ability to apply knowledge and skills in new settings.
- The ability to understand numbers and statistics.
- A strong sense of ethics and integrity.
These are the same skills developed through PBL.
PBL in Science
PBL is a strategic priority for the college and is included in the MDC Strategic Plan Priority for Academic and Student Success (PASS)
PBL at MDC
Project-based learning (PBL) is an evidence-based high impact teaching practice that enhances student learning & success.
Overview of PBL at MDC
PBL engages students with real-world problems or questions (local to global) and challenges them to share findings or propose solutions.
Problems investigated are rooted in the curriculum and may require students to apply knowledge and/or skills from more than one discipline.
Projects may take place over several class sessions or last the entire semester; they can also extend beyond one semester or course.
Students work in teams under the guidance of a professor. In the process, students develop critical, creative, and practical thinking as well as communication skills.
Student work is self directed and culminates in sharing a public product in the classroom or beyond.
PBL vs. Lecture
PBL students consistently outperform students in traditional lecture-based courses on long-term retention. This is especially true among minority students (McMurtrie, 2019).
Research studies demonstrate the advantages of PBL over traditional instruction in preparing students for real-world challenges ( Hung, Jonassen, and Rude, 2007)
Retention & Completion
Studies reveal a positive correlation between PBL and retention and completion in community colleges (Doppelt, Mehalki, Schunn, Silk, and Krysinski, 2008).
Although students, when asked, reported more learning through traditional lectures, when assessed, they actually learned more when taking part in active-learning strategies like PBL (Reuell, 2019).
I want to learn more!
- Learning Resources (Faculty Librarians and Writing Tutors)
- Access Services
- iCED (Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy)
- EEI (Earth Ethics Institute)
- Impact Teams
Join us for the upcoming PBL Workshop Series in the Fall of 2020!
- Introduction to PBL
- Managing Groups
- PBL Course (Project) Design
Upcoming workshops (Date TBD)
- PBL Tools and Resources
- Evaluating Students' Work
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