Proposal Title

Collaborating with On-Campus & Industry Partners to Enhance Experiential Learning

Co-Authors

Chris Hume, Managing Partner, KODO Kids

Track

Research Project / Learning Theories and Pedagogy

Proposal Abstract

This SoTL study focused on the question, “In what ways do industry partnerships coupled with experiential engagement impact student learning processes?” with sub-questions of “How do design principles manifested in an aesthetic dimension impact the educational setting?” and “How do inquiry-based experiences impact the college classroom, faculty, and students?”

In collaboration with the Fishback Center, South Dakota State University’s on-campus laboratory school, and KODO Kids, an early childhood educational products company, interior design students explored, designed and built prototypes for classroom ‘stools’ for Fishback Center teachers, inspired by the Reggio-Approach.

This project supports the process of generating new knowledge and pedagogy, goes beyond the current ‘Build-To-Learn’ framework (Konkel, 2014) to include students in participatory research, observation, innovation, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

The SoTL study measured impacts on students’ learning, teachers’ teaching, and industry partnerships through a triangulation of reflections, interviews, and survey methods. In particular, student’s demonstrated significant growth in self-awareness, perspective taking, design thinking and construction detailing, and reveled in the opportunity for experiential learning. Full results of the study will be presented, as well as future directions.

Participants will engage in conversation about how to transfer this framework of industry partnership, participatory research, and experiential learning to their work.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 211

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 30th, 10:00 AM Mar 30th, 10:45 AM

Collaborating with On-Campus & Industry Partners to Enhance Experiential Learning

Room 211

This SoTL study focused on the question, “In what ways do industry partnerships coupled with experiential engagement impact student learning processes?” with sub-questions of “How do design principles manifested in an aesthetic dimension impact the educational setting?” and “How do inquiry-based experiences impact the college classroom, faculty, and students?”

In collaboration with the Fishback Center, South Dakota State University’s on-campus laboratory school, and KODO Kids, an early childhood educational products company, interior design students explored, designed and built prototypes for classroom ‘stools’ for Fishback Center teachers, inspired by the Reggio-Approach.

This project supports the process of generating new knowledge and pedagogy, goes beyond the current ‘Build-To-Learn’ framework (Konkel, 2014) to include students in participatory research, observation, innovation, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

The SoTL study measured impacts on students’ learning, teachers’ teaching, and industry partnerships through a triangulation of reflections, interviews, and survey methods. In particular, student’s demonstrated significant growth in self-awareness, perspective taking, design thinking and construction detailing, and reveled in the opportunity for experiential learning. Full results of the study will be presented, as well as future directions.

Participants will engage in conversation about how to transfer this framework of industry partnership, participatory research, and experiential learning to their work.