Exploring Doctoral Students’ Experience in Project Based Learning in an Instructional Design Course

ID: 40306 Type: Full Paper
  1. Emily McCarren, Fan Yang, Thomas Conway, Yahna Kawa'a, Eduard Merc, and Youxin Zhang, University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States

Wednesday, October 23 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 2 View on map

Presider: Maria Susy Rogers, University of South Wales, Faculty of Creative Industries, United Kingdom

Abstract: This paper reports the findings from an exploration of doctoral students’ experience involved in project-based learning in a yearlong graduate level instructional design course. Interpretive self-study was employed to conduct this research. Three themes emerged from the findings: 1) practice developing transferable skills in instructional design and education in general; 2) maximize learning opportunities to professionalize the work of graduate students; and 3) student satisfaction. This self-study reflects the researchers’ experience as doctoral students involved in project-based learning, and therefore serves to broaden the conversation about implementing project-based learning in doctoral program settings. It in addition proves valuable to practitioners seeking to implement project-based learning in their own courses.

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