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Updates on Experiential Learning Projects at Four Davenport Campuses—February, 2010 By: Dr. Wayne Sneath Program Director—Experiential Learning.

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1 Updates on Experiential Learning Projects at Four Davenport Campuses—February, 2010 By: Dr. Wayne Sneath Program Director—Experiential Learning

2 “Experiential learning is personal experience outside of the classroom that adds value to the individual’s educational objectives and development through practical application of program and course outcomes and written reflection” The added value includes: Cultural immersion Civic and community engagement, including leadership Continuous professional learning Definition of Experiential Learning at DU

3 “In alignment with Davenport University’s Mission, Vision, and Excellence System, Davenport University recognizes the importance of integrating experiential learning outside of the classroom. Experiential learning partners with the degree to provide students with broader perspectives in the areas of : 1)Globalization 2)Civic and community engagement 3)Professional & lifelong learning, including leadership The end result is a student who is prepared to succeed in— and contribute to—today’s complex real world.” Purpose of Experiential Learning at DU

4 A growing number of Experiential Learning projects have been happening across the DU system. Many have been facilitated with the help of DU’s Experiential Learning Faculty Liaisons. EL Faculty Liaisons assist Dr. Wayne Sneath, the Program Director for Experiential Learning, to help facilitate information about and the development of a number of different types of Experiential Learning including: Academic service-learning Internships and practicums Study Abroad Assignment-based experiential projects Continue on to see highlights of Experiential Learning Projects on several DU campuses.

5 DU Experiential Learning Faculty Liaisons 2009-10 Dr. Terri Tomaszek Lettinga Campus Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley Warren Campus Linda Haberaecker Livonia Campus Tammy Stachowicz Holland Campus

6 Experiential Learning Project Highlights at the Lettinga Campus BUSN 495 and MKTG 441 students are producing strategic business and marketing plans with DeWys Manufacturing, Zocolo Tax Systems, and the Kent District Libraries Students in the FRSM 100 Business Living Learning Community course planned a Wares Fair Event for clients of Hope Network’s Microenterprise Program

7 Some of the Other Experiential Learning Project s at the Lettinga Campus  HEROES Mentoring Program in the Caledonia Schools  Field Trip: Bich Minh Nguyen presentation at GVSU  Field Trip: Vandana Shiva presentation, West Michigan Women’s Studies Council  Nursing program: Observational Experiences in ICU  Hope Network DU Cares Projects in ENG 311  ENG311 Service Learning Projects with: Wedgwood Christian Services, Lowell Historical Museum, Renal Food Bank, Hope Network – Supported Employment, Hope Micro Enterprise, Hope – Placement Department  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in the Maine School of Business  Online MKTG 441 project with the American Association of University Women  Study Abroad, Spring/Summer 2010: Ningbo, China; Germany/Austria/France/Czech Republic; Kenya; Costa Rica; London/Paris/Barcelona

8 Some of the Other Experiential Learning Project s at the Lettinga Campus  Experiential Learning Newsletter production in ENGL 311  Alternative Spring Break  Michigan Service Scholars AmeriCorps program  Athena Connections (West Michigan Universities, Networking opportunity for College Women)  MLK Day Silent March and Day of Service at YMCA  Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Days of Service  Resourceful Women’s Conference: Paper Presentations by DU Students  Field Trip: Judy Chicago, Multi-Media Presentation, Grand Rapids  Judy Chicago Display for Tunnel of Oppression. Tri-fold brochure describing Judy Chicago’s Art  Young Women, Strong Leaders Conference  Women’s History Month: Panel of Professional Women  ACCESS Poverty Simulations: Fall and Winter Semesters  SHRM students: Gordon Manufacturing HR Handbook project Collecting and Donating Goods and Services to Women’s Resource Center. Proposal to Offer Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills training to WRC Clients

9 Experiential Learning Project Highlights at the Holland Campus Math 125 students designed a cribbage game to play with residents of a local assisted living center SOSC 201 students attended field trips to Detroit area religious and cultural centers

10 Some of the Other Experiential Learning Project s at the Holland Campus  Business Field Trip--“Pitch Night”  Off-campus Presentation on Middle East  Scavenger Hunt: Collection of Food and Christmas Gifts for Holland Rescue Mission  DU Cares: Maintenance on a City Trail, Dune, and Park  Field Trip: Art Museum  MATH 125: Off-Site Individual Work Measuring Angles and Heights of Buildings  Re-Organized Instructional Community Site on Blackboard

11 Experiential Learning Project Highlights at the Warren Campus Technology Club students conducted a PC repair clinic for the Warren community BPA students collected food for the Gleaners Food Bank

12 Some of the Other Experiential Learning Project s at the Warren Campus  TECH 497: Developed EL project with ISM Surety Bonds in Detroit, including updating the client’s website and server  Tech/Business organization is planning a Technology Clinic for Senior Citizens. The purpose is to train seniors to use e-mail, send/receive pictures, and become familiar with a PC.  Faculty assisted in developing a needs assessment and project planning day for Warren-area non-profits

13 Experiential Learning Project Highlights at the Livonia Campus TECH 497 students designed the Novi Chamber of Commerce Members Directory Students from the “70 Nichols” student service organization created and maintain its website

14 Some of the Other Experiential Learning Projects at the Livonia Campus  Westminster Child Development Center website developed  Draft of website for DU Experiential Learning Program completed  Developing website for Southeastern Michigan Service Learning Collaborative  Website developed for Precision Machine & Manufacturing  Nursing Home Photo Album and Poster developed  HINT 295: Detroit Receiving Hospital—conducted study to use administration and clinical databases to monitor and improve quality of healthcare  HINT 295: Researched why ICD-9-CM is being phased out and ICD-10-CM will be implemented and delivered presentation  HINT 295: Researched Electronic Health Records and how they are implemented  HINT 295: Developed educational tool to provide training regarding HIPAA guidelines  HSAD 495: Conducting nutrition research and benchmarking pertaining to patients with Dementia  ENGL 311 developed a newsletter for Livonia campus  CISP 314 developed a website for the Livonia Lions Club

15 Some of the Other Experiential Learning Projects at the Livonia Campus  TECH 497: Project to analyze and make suggestions for improving user experience for student side of the Portal  CISP 111: Automate parts of course assignment process for Online Coordinators; Provide ability to view credentialed instructors and select criteria for preferences  CISP 111: Developed changes necessary to allow view of Banner information to students in an improved way  CISP111: For Student Life—enhanced website application to allow advertising (Menus and Specials) and Accounting services for student meal services  CISP 111: Automated portions of Graduate Application Audit process  Revamping Library of Kigali website  Revamping NuVision School website  Gathering of Social Media Information for Livonia Optimist Club  BPA website developed  IAAS 245: Students attended tour of a working disaster recovery site

16 Students are required to take initiative to be active learners and to be responsible and accountable To become active learners, students have to engage in higher-order thinking tasks such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation Experiential techniques involve the cognitive, affective, and physical domains of learning, allowing success through a variety of learning styles Students are encouraged to work with others in a community, thus learning interpersonal and relational skills The learning environment generally resembles the “real” world learning environment into which students will graduate Benefits of Experiential Learning for Students

17 For more information about Experiential Learning at DU, contact: Dr. Wayne Sneath Program Director—Experiential Learning Davenport University—Lettinga Campus Wayne.Sneath@davenport.edu 616-871-3968


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