Introducing Project-Based Learning in Postman Academy
As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting API literacy, the Postman Student Programs team is thrilled to announce the launch of Project-Based Learning, a guided approach to building real-world API portfolio projects with the help of Postman. These new modules provide an exciting next step for the ten thousand students who have received the Postman API Fundamentals Student Expert certification.
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-Based Learning actively engages students with a “learn by doing” approach that enables them to produce a concrete deliverable they can be proud of. Each project comes with detailed instructions and support to guide students through the process of building and extending a project. Students will learn how to leverage Postman in a real-world context and get inspired to continue exploring and building in new problem spaces.
What can I build with Project-Based Learning?
Our first Project-Based Learning module walks students through building an AI text summarizer app with Replit, Node.js, and the Hugging Face Inference API. By the end of the module, students with little coding experience will have built a functional full stack app that harnesses the power of AI to accurately summarize long portions of text. The app will have a publicly deployed link that students can showcase in their developer portfolios.
What are the benefits of Project-Based Learning?
The Project-Based Learning approach enables students to develop skills that they will use for years to come. For instance, these new modules help students build:
- Practical experience: Our Project-Based Learning modules enable students to directly apply their knowledge and skills to build real-world applications with APIs and Postman. This practical experience builds students’ confidence in their ability to apply their API skills in new contexts.
- Creativity and problem-solving: Our modules are not just cookie-cutter tutorials; they instead encourage students to stretch their skills and put their own spin on what they’ve built. Projects provide students with a creative outlet to explore innovative ideas and approaches. By encouraging students to extend their projects, we foster an environment that nurtures their creativity and problem-solving skills.
- Collaboration and teamwork: Working on projects within the Postman Student Program promotes collaboration and teamwork. Students can engage with peers, share ideas, and learn from one another in Discord, which fosters a supportive community of API enthusiasts.
- A portfolio that showcases skills: Project-Based Learning helps students learn to create and deploy real-world applications that include a public URL and codebase. This enables students to demonstrate their skills to prospective employers and collaborators—and proudly share their projects in their network.
How can you get started with Project-Based Learning?
Students who enroll in the Postman Student Program gain access to Postman Academy, our online learning platform that includes this new Project Based Learning module.
We will soon be adding more projects to align with various interests and skill levels, allowing students to tailor their learning experience to suit their individual goals. If you are new to APIs and Postman, we recommend starting with our Postman API Fundamentals Student Expert certification before building your first project.
Educators interested in using Project Based Learning in their curriculum are welcome to sign up for the Postman Classroom Program to gain access to our API teaching materials, student API certification, and free Postman team plans for teaching. We’re also happy to hear your suggestions for future Project Based Learning topics.
What will you build? We’re excited to see!