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Teaching in the field also gives instructors the opportunity to get to know their students in greater depth in terms of how the students see the world differently than the instructor.
This insight into student world-views can help the instructor to better communicate the concepts of the course.
There are many ways to make learning extend outside the classroom: The phrase “field trip” may bring to mind long bus rides, sack lunches and museum tours, but field trips can take a variety of forms that meet a variety of needs and can enhance deep, active learning.
Along with the engagement with concepts that is required by these experiences, the student bonding that occurs on field trips enhances the learning experience and creates a learning community as students continue onward in a discipline.
Increasingly, schools are internationalizing their curriculum by offering short-term, faculty-led, study abroad programs.
Vanderbilt’s Global Education Office administers many programs available for students to study abroad.
According to Lori Gardinier and Dawn Colquitt-Anderson, “There is no formula for the percentage of time that should be spent in formal class time, seeing cultural/historical sites and events, doing field work, or engaging in peer-to-peer cultural exchange.
Even greater learning potentials and community benefits rest in more intensive forms of community engagement in the form of service learning projects.
These projects, typically designed by both faculty and community partners, allow for students to learn in highly effective ways while helping a community address its needs.