‘RICH’ Learning: A Challenge-Based Learning Approach to Learning Design Processes

Presented by: Maaike Bouwmeester

Students intending to work in professional design fields (e.g. architecture, educational design, engineering, product design) require a rich understanding of the multifaceted, team-based design processes they are most likely to encounter in their professions. The RICH (Relevance, Inquiry and Challenge in Higher-Ed) learning approach addresses this need by leveraging inquiry-based learning pedagogy, combined with easy to use learning tools to document and present project progress as well as provide timely feedback, transparency and opportunities for reflection. Through this process, students learn to integrate contrasting (and sometimes contradictory) examples as well as gain an appreciation for designing, implementing and evaluating ideas in varied real world contexts.

Session will include:

  • Overview: Become acquainted with the guiding principles behind the RICH learning approach, the research that supports this approach, how the approach may be adapted, examples of student work, common pitfalls and tips to prevent them, role of the instructor, technology, etc.
  • Q&A: questions, reactions, audience experience with constructivist and challenge based learning
  • Activity: Purpose 1) To gain some hands on experience and 2) explore how you might adapt this approach for your needs
  • Final reflections/Q&A
  • All session participants will be invited to become a member of the online resource and learning community around the RICH learning approach

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