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What is it? Almost a decade ago, the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) published the second edition of the BIE Project Based Learning Handbook, a publication that over the next four years supported the conception, planning, implementation and assessment of engaging, standards-focused projects throughout the world. In response to the need for an online repository of resources, BIE created PBL-Online with major contributions from the George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia), the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University, and a group of University partners. Initial funding for the website was provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE).

Why do we like it? Despite the fact that the website is based on one of BIE's earlier works, continues to have a loyal following of online users. We will continue to host the site as the existing user base transitions to other online resources.

How can you use it? Feel free to use the website for online training and as a supplement to the PBL Handbook, but keep in mind BIE is merely hosting, no longer maintaining There is no technical support for the site.