International Experiential Learning Course Design
International experiential learning projects have increased in popularity over recent years, and many of these projects focus on environmental topics in the developing world. An experimental course in International Groundwater Studies was developed to bridge the gap between extracurricular service type programs and academically-based study abroad programs. The course included online instruction in order to accommodate varying student schedules, and an eight-day field trip to Guatemala was included in the curriculum. These challenging situational factors led to the decision to apply formal design theory to the course, and qualitative self-reported data were collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the formally-designed course to address both the course learning objectives as well as concerns regarding collaborative functionality between students who had had little in-person interaction prior to traveling.
A. C. Elmore, "International Experiential Learning Course Design," International Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Jun 2006.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15330150600648978
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Course Design; International Groundwater Studies; Eight-Day Field Trip; Formal Design Theory
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