Individual Session Descriptions
The following schedule will be updated until the start of the conference. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in the Texas Union.
Thursday, June 13, 3:15-4:15pm: Session 13 (Quadrangle Room)
"Designing Experiential Learning Curricula at UT-Austin"
Elon Lang, Anne Braseby, Nina Telang, Jayme Walenta, Joshua Barbour (University of Texas at Austin)
In this panel, faculty from several disciplines will present on their experiences developing and teaching Experiential Learning courses for undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin.
- Anne Braseby of UT-Austin’s Center for Teaching and Learning will introduce the topic by describing why UT has taken such an interest in Experiential Learning and how the university supports faculty whose courses feature Experiential Learning Outcomes.
- Joshua Barbour will discuss his experiential learning pedagogy in Communications and Media Studies courses such as CMS 313M-WB in which students conduct an organizational assessment, produce a report, and create a digital media deliverable.
- Jayme Walenta will discuss her experience teaching Geography 306C: Conservation, in which students apply theoretical foundations on the politics of conservation from the first half of the course, to a final stakeholder engagement project requiring students to represent diverse groups of stakeholders in real-world environmental negotiations.
- Nina Telang will present about her experience developing a course named Enhancing Academic Success, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in which students both study academic improvement strategies and implement them in their own lives.
- Finally, Elon Lang will present on his experience teaching Treasure Hunt in Campus Archives: Giving Voice to Hidden Histories in which students learn archival research techniques in social justice-themed special collections while critiquing the ethics of archiving, and then build a collaborative online exhibit for an archive of artifacts they have researched throughout the semester.