Moving Applied Learning Online: Creating Engaged and Inclusive Spaces
This article examines efforts to integrate Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) with meaningful applied learning experiences to serve equitably University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) students through inclusive engagement platforms. Drawing from a UNCW campus-wide applied learning initiative, we analyze course projects and activities that have utilized applied learning in online and/or hybrid courses from three fields of study: Criminology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Higher Education. Through a discussion of assessment and evaluation measures we draw conclusions tied to the augmentation of applied learning via TEL, as well as online-specific challenges to teaching and student engagement, such as dispersed groups and team formation, and coordination with external stakeholders. Finally, we offer transferable suggested courses of action to further the integration of applied and technologically enhanced learning modalities.
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