Developing Experiential Learning Experiences

Concurrent Session 2

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Brief Abstract

Designed for an audience that includes lifelong learners, this online program employs video-based cases and activities that support experiential learning and student engagement via documentary-style film-making.

Presenters

Lead Presenter Bio: Dr. Jodi Duke is an Associate Professor of Special Education at George Mason University where she also serves as the Academic Program Coordinator of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Program. Her research focuses on postsecondary transition and college supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. Co-Presenter Bio: Bill Cochran is the Multimedia Design Manager for Wiley Education Services. He currently manages a team of media production specialists that support across Wiley’s partner programs. He has as a background in learning theory, interactive media development and creative writing, holds a MS from the iSchool at the University of Illinois and a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill. His work has won Brandon Hall and American Business Awards for custom content, video learning, best use of games for learning and best use of virtual learning. Co-Presenter Bio: Jennifer Tabor is the Lead Video Producer for Wiley Education Services. She currently leads creative development, production, and implementation of video across Wiley’s partner programs. She holds a BA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago. Jennifer specializes in video development for higher education, working with faculty and learning designers to construct student focused learning experiences.
Bill Cochran is the Multimedia Design Manager for Wiley Education Services. He currently manages a team of media production specialists that provide support across Wiley’s partner programs. He has a background in learning theory, interactive media development and creative writing, and holds a MS from the iSchool at the University of Illinois and a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill. His work has won Brandon Hall and American Business Awards for custom content, video learning, best use of games for learning and best use of virtual learning.

Extended Abstract

Whereas most programs in this field serve professionals supporting school-age children with ASD – this program is designed for a diverse audience has a broader range of application with a focus that expands to adolescence, transition to adulthood, adulthood, and aging.   

The video case studies that highlight four individuals with a range of levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder across their lifespans make this program uniquely engaging, and provide experiential learning without the requirement field experience. Because the George Mason program is 100% asynchronous, students do not have the opportunity to participate in traditional field experience opportunities. These case study videos allow students to view all aspects of daily life with ASD, and an opportunity to apply their knowledge to real life situations.

In this presentation we will:

  • Discuss the program planning strategy process that led to the development of this case study project.

  • Discuss pedagogical approach for developing case-study material and leveraging video content for learning objectives.

  • Discuss the production process with an emphasis on establishing collaborations between educational institutions, families, non-profits, and other community stakeholders

  • Highlight student feedback and response to materials