The Future of Higher Education: A Symposium on Collaborative, Project-Based Learning

Monday, June 26, 2023 - 8:30am to Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 4:00pm

Project-based learning has received attention as a high-impact educational practice for several decades, yet it often sits at the periphery of the curriculum. Join Duke University for an action-oriented symposium where we will explore how a diverse array of higher education institutions are embedding collaborative, project-based work into the student experience, and how your institution might better incorporate this approach to experiential learning on your campus.

During the first day of this two-day symposium, we will delve into practical case studies to explore how more than 10 institutions have deployed project-based learning for graduate and undergraduate students. On the second day, all participants will engage in facilitated action planning groups to develop plans for piloting, adapting, scaling and/or assessing project-based learning programs at their institutions. 

Learn more about the symposium goals, agenda and featured programs. 

Registration and Accommodations

Unfortunately, we have met capacity for the symposium. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, please complete this form and we will reach out if space becomes available. If you have registered for the symposium but can no longer join us, please fill out this form

The symposium will be held at the JB Duke Hotel (230 Science Drive, Durham, NC). Guests are expected to arrange their travel and accommodations. If you are flying, the Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) is about 25 minutes away. The room block at the JB Duke Hotel is now full. Guests seeking accommodation may still contact the JB Duke by calling (919) 660-6400 and requesting reservations. If you are looking for alternative lodging, the AC Hotel Durham is one mile from the JB Duke. 

The symposium is free and open to all university faculty, staff and administrators with an interest in project-based learning, as well as higher education funders and leaders of scholarly societies and other higher education organizations. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees. To ensure representation from a diverse mix of institutions, we recommend that each university send no more than 2-3 individuals. 

All attendees should be vaccinated against COVID-19 and we encourage up-to-date booster shots. At this time, masking is optional. 

Please contact Laura Howes ( if you have any questions. 

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JB Duke Hotel, Durham, N.C.