Ben Carkagis & Miranda Samsa Knapp, CET
It’s the journey not the destination: redefining 'classroom' learning through collaborative projects

Project-based learning can be a valuable aspect of students’ language development across a range of levels and programs. In this presentation we will discuss how project-based learning helps achieve key learning outcomes and develops essential communication skills. We will discuss a systematic approach to learning design, integrating assessment tasks within projects, and how to successfully facilitate these ambitious activities.

Benjamin Carkagis is the Education Manager, Professional Pathways, at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching. He has worked on a range of programs including BE, EAP and Direct Entry Courses. Benjamin has also helped design blended and flipped learning curriculum. He is currently writing and managing Global English, an innovative GE course unique to CET. Benjamin is particularly interested in drawing on student feedback, action research and formal literature on utilising technology to enhance learning in the classroom.

Miranda Samsa-Knapp is the Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Professional Pathways, at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching. Miranda has designed and delivered content for a wide variety of programs including various Customised Programs, test preparation courses and General English programs. She is currently designing, writing and coordinating the CET Global English program, a unique GE course that draws on innovative and effective teaching & learning strategies combined with a research-based approach to redefine the GE student experience.