Kevin has replaced the previous historical case study approach in his courses to one that utilises live industry case studies, as experiential learning opportunities. This has enhanced the integration of theory and practice and improved student outcomes through the principles of applied learning, enhanced engagement, meaningful contribution and work readiness (Roth and Smith, 2009; Wrenn and Wrenn, 2009).
The model of learning adopted by Kevin includes a process of collaboration between teacher, students and industry partner, with teacher and students sharing the roles in a structured process that empowers students to actively engage in the learning experience. Students engage in higher-order thinking around problems presented both conceptually and within the live case study as per active learning (Meyers & Jones 1993). Together, teacher and students sharing teaching and learning roles to facilitate construction of understanding of complex problems linked to course topics. Engaging in real world learning and adult education (Kember, 2000), enables a cycle of applied learning involving planning, acting, observing and reflecting.
- Jan Wrenn and Bruce Wrenn(2009) Enhancing Learning by Integrating Theory and Practice
- Transformative Learning : Theory to Practice
- Kember, D. (2000) Action learning and action research: improving the quality of teaching and learning. London: Routledge.
- The Transformative Learning Theory: What eLearning Professionals Should Know