Evaluating the learning outcomes of an international field trip in postgraduate lighting design courses

Isoardi, Gillian (2010) Evaluating the learning outcomes of an international field trip in postgraduate lighting design courses. Journal of Learning Design, 3(3), pp. 37-44.

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Lighting industry professionals work in an international marketplace and encounter a range of social, geographical and cultural challenges associated with this. Education in lighting should introduce students to aspects of these challenges. To achieve this, an international field trip was recently undertaken that sought to provide an authentic learning experience for students. Twelve Masters of Lighting students from two Australian universities took part in a field trip to Shanghai, China and surrounding areas. The goal was to offer students insight into practical issues in the lighting industry at an international level and to do so in a unique and authentic context. To evaluate the outcomes of the trip, each participant was surveyed afterwards. Benefits were identified in terms of: increased knowledge and insight into manufacturing issues in lighting, experiential learning in lighting design practice not available locally (e.g, master planning), increased understanding of cultural influences in design and enhancing professional contacts within the lighting industry. Field trips may also act as an inverted curriculum experience for new students to engage them and promote learning within a professional context.

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ID Code: 47423
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: field trip, experiential learning, inverted curriculum
ISSN: 1832-8342
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Physics
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2011 22:57
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2011 23:29

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