Project-Based Learning - Intek

Learn by doing the work engineers do

Conduct real-world projects and gain an extensive range of professional skills.

Our approach to education at Intek is built around projects. Project Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered path to learning where students do not simply sit through a series of lectures but instead complete real-world projects and tasks.

PBL is a practice of learning by doing, and works on the principle that people learn best when they put their knowledge to practical use. At Intek, learning is not about absorbing content. It is a means to acquire the knowledge with which to resolve real-world IT issues. Therefore, our students become self-directed learners rather than just being passive receivers.

PBL is supported by long-standing research in psychology, and has its roots in constructivist theory. Led by Piaget, and followed by great educators such as Montessori, constructivism supports the view that in the right environment students will naturally explore new ideas, organize their knowledge and grow their expertise. With PBL, education becomes a matter of providing a highly engaging experience for students and guiding them through it.

Our projects at Intek engage students by providing many opportunities for meaningful choices: how to solve a problem, how to organize one's time and constraints, choosing complementary projects in accordance with one's interests...

Our structured PBL curriculum, supported by individual mentoring, ensures that Intek provides students with the absolute best environment for learning.

As a result, students gain
  • Mastery
  • Students have put their knowledge into practice repeatedly and have gained transferable expertise. They can easily apply what they know to new problems.

  • Autonomy
  • Intek students are not dependent on a classroom setting to learn, they have become independent learners who know how to obtain the knowledge they need.

  • Project management skills
  • By completing dozens of individual and group projects, our students can deal with real-world constraints. They know the importance of – and how to meet – deadlines.

  • Confidence
  • Week-in, week-out, month after month, they have solved problems they thought impossible. They realize they can overcome any hurdle if they apply their skills and knowledge.

  • Creativity
  • Not all problems in life are clearly defined but our students have learnt to deal with uncertainty in creative ways. They can handle the complexity of real-world programming.

  • Critical Thinking
  • Students have questioned and analyzed their own work and their peers'. They have learnt to reflect on their output and are able to accept, and give, constructive feedback.

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Having worked through many group projects, Intek students know well that communication and collaboration are the keys to successful teamwork.

A competitive edge

PBL students have a very clear advantage over traditional students: their digital portfolios. As their curriculum has led them to complete dozens of real-world projects, they have many practical examples of their knowledge to showcase to the outside world.

Beyond the final products, these portfolios represent the students’ learning journey, with the knowledge gained along the way. As our students are not focused on content rote learning, they have the creative space to reflect on their work and on the need to improve. This development shows through in the student’s portfolios.

A digital portfolio is not only proof of a student’s technical expertise but also of the professional approach to all aspects of their work.

The role of teachers within PBL

If there are no lectures in PBL, is there a use for teachers? Absolutely! But at Intek their role is not simply to transmit knowledge, it is to support student learning.

With PBL teachers become coaches, whose responsibility it is to deeply engage students in the learning process. They stimulate and guide them, give constructive feedback and help them to reflect on their progress and skill acquisition.

Individual mentoring gives students the confidence to push their limits, by providing them with expert feedback and support. The teacher-turned-coach encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and helps them grow into life-long learners.