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Linking Experiential Learning and Real Life: A Design Case Featuring Immersive Learning

Sarah M. Angne Alfaro


This paper defines the value and best practices of immersive learning and how a Midwest University initiative implements immersive learning practices to enhance students’ educational experience. Literature reveals that immersive, or experiential, learning experiences are critical because “experiential learning provides the necessary link between formal education and adult life; it is a mechanism for integrating education and work, for recognizing the validity of all learning that is relevant to a college degree and for actively fostering recurrent education” (Kolb, 2014, pg. 3). Immersive learning is an essential component to ensure that students are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge needed in their future careers. Using a design case, the concept of an immersive learning is explored. Findings reveal that this immersive program is well-implemented and well-executed, allowing community partners to support the University, students to obtain real-world design experience, and allows educators to stay connected to design while teaching; it is a winning partnership for all three stakeholders

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