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A Process Chart to Design Experiential Learning Projects

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Journal of Educational Technology Systems Volume 45, Number 1, ISSN 0047-2395


A high-impact practice is to incorporate experiential learning projects when teaching difficulty subject matters so as to enhance students' understanding and interest in the course content. But, there is limited research on how to design and execute such projects. Therefore, we propose a framework based on the processes described by the Project Management Body of Knowledge and the instructional characteristics known to influence the quality of student learning experiences. Its effectiveness is evaluated by analyzing a case study of mapping a municipal storm drain system using global positioning system equipment. The results of the evaluation revealed that the project facilitated the students' understanding of the pertinent technical concepts, helped them realize the importance of teamwork, and provided them with an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to enhance a community's ability to cope with major rainfall events. We develop a process chart based on the framework and expect its use in designing and implementing real-world experiential learning projects in courses will provide a win--win situation for the community, students, and faculty members.


Zhu, S., Wu, Y. & Sankar, C.S. (2016). A Process Chart to Design Experiential Learning Projects. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 45(1), 103-123. Retrieved May 11, 2021 from .

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