June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Partnering with Industry for Providing Experiential Learning in an Undergraduate Class in Industrial Distribution Experiential learning has been a key focus of research in the recent adult learning literature. Unlike in traditional learning method, in experiential learning students are involved in hands on real world problem solving environment. Thus student learning takes place based on the experience of the project they work on. Capstone or senior design projects are great examples of experiential learning environment. While it is very common to have such a course in all traditional engineering and engineering technology programs, it is not so common in other disciplines like industrial distribution (ID) even if they are housed in a traditional engineering/ engineering technology department. A part of the problem is that many people (both students and instructors alike) perceive ID as “Technical Sales only” major. However, the ID curriculum is comprised of several courses in logistics, supply chain management, and quality. Likewise, many ID graduates pursue career paths in operations and supply chain management. This paper presents a case of a senior level course in Industrial Distribution program at a major university in the southwestern US. The course consists of an industry project, which is actually funded by a building materials distributor. As a part of class requirement, students have to complete the project during the semester and present the recommendation to the sponsor company towards the end of the semester. In the paper, we discuss the project scope and its findings in detail along with the student learning experience, industry‐academia collaboration, class activities management (balancing theory versus practice), lessons learned, and several instructional insights with respect to teaching and project management. We believe that these instructional insights are very “portable” to other learning settings thereby helping instructors and students with their teaching and learning process.
Nepal, B. P., & Lawrence, B., & Rodriguez-Silva, E. (2014, June), Partnering with Industry for Providing Experiential Learning in an Undergraduate Class in Industrial Distribution Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22903
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