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Information Systems Education Journal, v13 n6 p35-42 Nov 2015

The value of experiential learning projects (which are usually major assessments in courses) in education has been touted since the early 1900s (Dewey, 1938). These projects have the potential to deepen students' understanding of course topics by allowing them to put concepts into practice and watch the results develop. However, experiential learning projects require significant guidance, communication between students and faculty, and direction. Coupled with the communication intricacies of an online learning environment, experiential learning projects become a little more difficult to manage. In this article, the authors examine some of the best practices for teaching online courses as they relate to experiential learning projects, the value of experiential learning projects and then apply a project management approach to addressing the challenges of assigning experiential learning projects in online courses looking at two courses taught at the authors' institution. The authors then describe some best practices that they have incorporated to better manage the application of experiential learning projects in their online classrooms.

Descriptors: Program Administration, Best Practices, Online Courses, Computer Science Education, Management Information Systems, Experiential Learning, Web Based Instruction, Educational Benefits, Graduate Study, Course Descriptions, Blended Learning, Student Projects, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods

Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals. Box 488, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. e-mail: publisher[at]isedj.org; Web site: http://isedj.org

Autor: Schwieger, Dana; Surendran, Ken

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1600&id=EJ1137365

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