Justin McDaniel’s courses involving immersive and experiential learning, such as Introduction to Buddhism and Existential Despair, often receive glowing reviews. Yet these courses are also capable of generating a fair amount of controversy. In this workshop, we will discuss the pros and cons of using immersive and experiential learning. What benefits do undergraduate students gain from these exercises that are not present in standard learning? What are the potential drawbacks, and what steps can be taken to mitigate them? We will also discuss the practical questions that graduate students might consider when designing their own immersive and experiential learning exercises.
This teaching workshop is part of a year-long series organized by CTL Fellow Jeremy Steinberg.