Jean Bush-Bacelis’ chapter is a true “vision of the possible.” Jean wishes to take a group of EMU students to wilderness area for a week-long outdoor education program and see if they can build skills in such areas as teamwork, leadership, delegation, problem-solving, etc. In other words, she wishes to take these students “into the field” and have them learn important management skills in an applied stetting. It sounds like an interesting way to learn course material; I suspect, as does Jean, that this will promote deep understanding and allow her students to apply the material in ways that traditional class would not permit. Jean has run into some logistical difficulties in implementing this course, which is unfortunate. She continues to work hard to develop her ideas and solve these logistical difficulties; I have confidence that she will soon be able to offer the course. In the meanwhile, however, her chapter offers a nice design for how to develop such a course, and how to assess the learning that takes place in it. As higher education increasingly moves toward these unconventional delivery methods, Jean’s chapter is noteworthy both as an example of a non-traditional teaching method, and as a careful discussion of how we can see if this model would be an effective tool to use in educating our students (and helping them to educate themselves).
Bush-Bacelis, Jean L.
"Designing and Improving an Outdoor Experiential Learning Course: A SOTL Journey,"
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at EMU:
Vol. 2, Article 6.
Available at: http://commons.emich.edu/sotl/vol2/iss1/6