An Initiative to Promote Student Success by Incorporating Experiential Learning Component in Courses

What is experiential learning?

"Experiential Learning" is an experience or activity where you apply content from your courses to reinforce your learning. What are some examples of experiential learning? Experiential learning can take the form of many experiences and scenarios, such as field work (collecting data, posing a hypothesis and conducting lab work or testing to solve a problem), supervised original academic research (data collection, analysis, and reviewed results), and creating a public document (presentation or product delivered to an audience beyond your instructor and classroom peers). 

Background

Dr. Dean Kyne views the Disaster Studies M.A. program as a professional degree program. He believes that disaster and emergency management is a professional discipline. The students who are in the Disaster Studies M.A. program are expected to become professionals who work in the disaster and emergency management field. To develop their professionalism, it is imperative to learn firsthand experience from key stakeholders who are disaster and emergency professionals. Keeping the notion of importance in mind, Dr. Kyne designed courses to include the experiential learning experience. With the experiential learning component in the course, students are provided with firsthand experiences from high-profile professionals. His courses, Disasters and Society, GIS for Disaster Management, and Environmental Sociology, are designed with experiential learning and they are the first courses with the learning component in his department. Dr. Kyne's Courses are Certified for Designation by the Center for Teaching & Excellence and the Scholarship & Learning.
The Courses are The First Designation in the Department and The First Three Courses in his Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Feedback from Students

  • Dr. Kyne goes above and beyond to fulfill the learning objectives of the course. The combination of lecture, guest speakers, and a service learning experience have been meaningful in my academic career.
  • Dr. Kyne is an excellent professor and I felt like he really cared about by education and future. the opportunities he presents are invaluable.
  • Dr. Kyne is an excellent professor. He works very hard to teach his students. I will be taking his for as many classes as I can!
  • Dr. Kyne was super interactive and engaging in his learning. We in his class got hands on experience in learning, in which I felt I learned the most from. I liked how his assignments gave us as students tools that we could use and practice in the future academic career.
  • I really enjoyed the experiential learning that you added to our class. It brought great insight into the real world applications of Disaster Studies.
  • Very knowledgeable about the subject matter.

 

Certificate of Designation

Dr. Kyne's Courses are Certified for Designation by the Center for Teaching & Excellence and the Scholarship & Learning.
The Courses are The First Designation in the Department and The First Three Courses.
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Service Learning Experience in Disaster and Society

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Service Learning Experience in Disaster and Society

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