Glossary


  • Problem-Based Learning

    ​Problem-based learning (PBL) is focused experiential learning organized around student-centered investigation and resolution of real-world problems identified with input from outside stakeholders. PBL organizes curriculum around this holistic problem, enabling student learning in relevant and connected ways. PBL creates a learning environment in which teachers coach student thinking and guide student inquiry, facilitating learning toward deeper levels of understanding while entering the inquiry as a co-investigator. This experience can be strengthened by using industry volunteers. PBL can be administered as either a career awareness activity in the P-8 grades or as a career exploration activity at both the secondary and postsecondary education levels.

    Assessments

    1. Education and Career Plan
  • Programs/Courses

    ​Obtained through the following sources to include approved credit-bearing course or post-secondary programs that embodies a set of learning activities that culminate in the mastery of standards. 

    • Illinois State Board of Education (orientation and high school levels) - provides course numbers from the Illinois State Course System (ISCS).
    • Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) (postsecondary levels) - provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. 
    • Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) - Statewide transfer agreement, which is transferable among more than 100 participating college or universities in Illinois. IAI works best for students who know they are going to transfer but undecided on the college or university that will grant their baccalaureate degree.

    Programs and courses are subject to change. The intent is to provide general information. To identify specific courses offered by schools, visit: