Immersive learning isn’t one pedagogy or intervention; instead, it represents a wide range of approaches to teaching and learning that share certain characteristics such as direct engagement with impacted communities, practice and application of disciplinary knowledge by inhabiting professional roles, or chances to work and learn in authentic environments.

Immersive Learning at ISSOTL

December 10, 2019No Comments

by Phillip Motley My previous two blog posts on immersive learning have touched on experiences that I am directly involved with at Elon University. While I feel strongly that both approaches to teaching and learning are clear examples of immersive …

Pedagogical Partnerships Interview with Authors

December 4, 2019No Comments

by Sophia Abbot To celebrate the release of Pedagogical Partnerships: A How-To Guide for Faculty, Students, and Academic Developers in Higher Education (Cook-Sather, Bahti, & Ntem 2019), I spoke to the authors about their experience practicing and writing about pedagogical …

Doing service-learning well isn’t always easy, and doing service-learning poorly risks reinforcing students’ stereotypes and biases. What can facilitators do to ensure service-learning is appropriately challenging, reflective, partnered, and contextualized?

Feminist Community Engagement

November 12, 2019No Comments

by Sophia Abbot The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) lists service-learning or community-based learning among 11 high impact practices in education, and it’s not difficult to see why. The praxis (theory, practice, reflection) of service-learning promotes students’ deep …

The Intersectional Context of Black Women Studying Abroad

November 5, 2019No Comments

by Buffie Longmire-Avital In considering the intersectional context of Black women studying abroad, Willis (2015) channels Maya Angelou who writes that the Black woman exists in a “tripartite crossfire of masculine privilege, white illogical hate, and Black lack of power.” …

The Design Thinking Studio in Social Innovation

October 30, 2019No Comments

by Phillip Motley In the spring semester of 2017, four faculty members and fourteen students at Elon University embarked on an immersive semester exploration of using design thinking tools and processes to address social challenges in the community surrounding the …