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The Benefits Of Active Learning: An International Case Study From A Student's Point Of View

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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International Case Studies, Interactive Learning, Student Design

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9.1237.1 - 9.1237.8

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Paula Baty

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Patricia Fox

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Session 2260

The Benefits of Active Learning: An International Case Study from a Student’s Point of View

Paula Baty, Patricia Fox

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)


This paper describes a unique international, cross cultural, multidisciplinary, experiential course taught at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a large, urban university in the United States. The course was developed out of a partnership with the Berufsakademie Mannheim (BA-M), a cooperative education university located in Mannheim, Germany; and in cooperation with several corporations located in and around Mannheim, Germany (ABB, BASF, MVV Energie, and DaimlerChrysler) as well as a small community partner, the town of Ladenburg, Germany. The course GO GREEN, stands for Green Organizations: Global Responsibility for Economic and Environmental Necessity. This paper focuses on the benefits of the active learning methods used in the course and the benefits of the course through the eyes of the students who took the course during the summer of 2003. The challenges and opportunities in continuing to offer the course will also be discussed.

The GO GREEN Course

The GO GREEN course was originally developed to teach engineering and technology students about sustainable developments and methods using best practices in industry as real life examples. However, after the course was initially designed and conceived it was decided that students from all areas of study could benefit from the topic and it was opened to all Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) students. Universally “sustainable development” represents development that meets that needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Germany’s industries were targeted because of their known sustainable practices as well as an opportunity to give students a global business perspective. A prerequisite of a one to three credit hour course in “sustainability” was required along with a junior standing.

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Baty, P., & Fox, P. (2004, June), The Benefits Of Active Learning: An International Case Study From A Student's Point Of View Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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