Learning to teach experientially: online toolkit of resources for planning educators

Baldwin, C, Rosier, J and Slade, C (2014). Learning to teach experientially: online toolkit of resources for planning educators. In: 2014 Learning & Teaching Week: Teachers as Learners, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia, (). 1-5 September, 2014.

Author Baldwin, C
Rosier, J
Slade, C
Title of paper Learning to teach experientially: online toolkit of resources for planning educators
Conference name 2014 Learning & Teaching Week: Teachers as Learners
Conference location Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 1-5 September, 2014
Publisher University of Sunshine Coast
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Oral presentation
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This presentation reports on the development of an online toolkit of resources to support the use and assessment of experiential learning (EL) across planning programs. Planning graduates face diverse workplace demands and are expected to address the local and regional implications of global trends, integrate technological advances with existing planning processes, as well as interpret and integrate changing legislative and institutional arrangements for educated and articulated citizens. Equipping students for increasing complexity and change requires planning educators to design programs that facilitate the learning of personal and professional skills and both broad and specialised planning knowledge. Planning practitioners, in partnership with educators, make further valuable contributions to a range of ‘real world’ learning experiences where students can directly develop new skills, knowledge and qualities. Experiential learning (EL) allows students to develop confidence within a safe environment through a series of activities and reflection that link theory to practice. However, developing EL learning outcomes, teaching activities and assessment can be demanding and time consuming for planning educators. In response the Experiential Learning in Planning Education research project, funded by the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, has developed an online toolkit of case studies and associated resources to assist planning educators and practitioners in their application of EL. These case studies, developed by the partners in the project, explain the rationale of using particular EL activities based on a set of EL principles; how these activities are assessed; and reflections on how they could be improved for future use. The case studies also include numerous ‘how to’ resources, such as checklists and handy hints for organising activities, evaluation tools and examples of students’ work. Furthermore, the toolkit website is an interactive and ‘living’ repository where additional case studies by other EL users can be included to enhance the diversity and richness of the resources available. The toolkit is expected to particularly benefit new planning educators but should also be of interest to planning schools and practitioners around the globe who are endeavouring to facilitate students’ education in a rapidly changing world.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes http://www.usc.edu.au/university/learning-and-teaching/learning-and-teaching-week/

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