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Connecting Students with the Real World, Virtually

, Indiana State University, United States ; , DePaul University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Abstract: The paper presents a case study of an insurance course developed within the theoretic framework of experiential learning. Students enrolled in this course selected real companies as their project subjects, for which some corporate risk managers were invited to be their project sponsors. Connections between the students and faculty were built through face-to-face meetings or via electronic means including tele-conference, online discussion, email exchange and web source access. The evolution of this teaching strategy has followed both a problem-based learning and a collaborative group approach that is well supported by the literature. The paper shares results of the experimentation and invites discussion on how to provide students with real world or close-to real world experience by effectively using the web-based virtual environment.


Mikolaj, P. & Guan, S. (2005). Connecting Students with the Real World, Virtually. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 257-259). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 15, 2019 from .



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