Introduction to Place-Based Education Asynchronous

Course Description: In this seven-week asynchronous course, participants will explore the theory and application of Place-Based Education. They will gain practical skills and tools to engage with their local community, guide students through inquiry and design processes, and build learner-centered, interdisciplinary experiences.


The course will be split into three sections:

  • Part 1: Introduction to place-based education, goal-setting, and outcomes (weeks 1-2),
  • Part 2: Place-Based Education principles and tools (weeks 3-5), and
  • Part 3: Place-based lesson design and development (weeks 6-7).

Participants will create a place-based lesson or unit to implement in the spring 2023, building upon a plan throughout the course. Each week will consist of asynchronous videos and readings followed by short assignments and discussions with other participants, including opportunities to get outside in your community. Participants have the opportunity to personalize their learning experience through learner choice and interpretation of assignments. 


Course Notes:

  • Asynchronous cohort-style program: Watch videos and read articles, complete short assignment, and respond to others in learning cohort each week
  • Participants can anticipate spending 15-20 hours on course activities over the seven weeks and could spend more as time and interest allow.
  • Final assignment due March 3, 2023
  • One credit is available through the University of Wyoming (cost is $50), or one CEU is available through the Wyoming PTSB. Certificates of completion can be provided afterwards.
  • Registration will be open until TBD.



Kelly Gaskins & Alex Sivitskis