Research has shown that students are motivated to learn when they perceive course concepts and theories to be relevant to real-life. Providing students with opportunities to apply concepts and theories learned through coursework is an excellent way to help make course content more meaningful and more easily understood. Experiential learning can help expose and clear up misconceptions, and can facilitate the transfer of classroom learning to problem-solving in different contexts. In this session, Troy Glover and a student will describe how collaborating with a community partner provided students in his Rec 220: Program Management and Evaluation course the opportunity to apply course theory and content to designing, delivering, and evaluating an actual program. In doing so, students were able to engage with the course material in a way that was personally meaningful to them. Additionally, students were able to demonstrate what they learned in class, moving the assessment beyond simply testing for knowledge.
Please join us to learn why Troy has chosen to incorporate an experiential learning component into his course and the impact it has had on student learning, community engagement, and course design. We hope you’ll leave the session with ideas about how you might incorporate aspects of experiential learning into your own course or program.
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