When most people think of an immersive learning experience, they probably think of an internship or a field trip or maybe learning a foreign language via immersion (I.e., in the country of origin). While these experiences are immersive, students can also have immersive experiences without leaving the classroom.
At WPU, we use the term “immersive learning” a little differently. A teaching strategy or experience can be considered immersive whenever the student is connected to the “real world.” This can be through reflection, collaboration, mentorship, or learning by doing. The specific ways this could be accomplished can vary by discipline, but here are a few generic examples:
The discipline of psychology nicely lends itself to these immersive practices. These can be implemented in the classroom during class time or as out-of-class assignments. Here are some ways we (my department and myself) do this:
These are just some of the ways we try to be immersive in the psychology department at WPU. What are some things that you do that could be considered immersive?
written by Jen Blush