Outcome Driven Experiential Learning

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Journal of Information Systems Education, Vol. 18(3) 329 Outcome-Driven Experiential Learning with Web 2.0 C. Derrick Huang Ravi S. Behara Department of Information Technology & Operations Management College of Business Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL 33431 dhuang@fau.edu ABSTRACT Experiential learning, an effective pedagogical method in MIS and other business courses, has been limited by instructional formats and teaching resources. But with the advent of Web 2.0 and its rich set of social networking and mass authoring tools, a shift in learning structure in content, process, and outcome is emerging. In this paper, we propose an experience-based, outcome-driven pedagogical model that is particularly suited for MBA courses, and offer case studies to exemplify such implementations. We also discuss the advantages and challenges with this model based on our initial experience. Keywords : Experiential learning, Web 2.0, Outcome-driven learning model, MIS 1. INTRODUCTION Experience is a powerful medium for learning. Experiential learning, referring to the encounter that learners experience, has received much attention among scholars and practitioners as an effective way of instruction (Biggs, 2003; Kolb, 1984; Laurillard, 2002; Lave and Wenger, 1991; Schön, 1987). For business management programs and management information systems (MIS) curricula, schemes and media have been proposed to apply this methodology, such as case studies (Gackowski, 2003; Hackney et al., 2003; Kerr et al., 2003), games and simulations (Connoly and Stansfield, 2006; Nuldén and Scheepers, 2002), student-driven approach (McBride, 2005), and consulting projects and business plans (Huang, 2006; Tabor, 2005). Properly designed and executed, experiential learning can not only be used to supplement other teaching methods but play the main role of achieving desired outcome of a course. But due to many restrictions, not the least of which are the limited instructional resources offered by the traditional teaching environment, truly experience-based courses are difficult to implement. Addressing these limitations, such as reconciling the differences between online and classroom teaching (Buzzetto-More and Alad, 2006; Heinze and Procter, 2006; van der Rhee et al., 2007), often demands attention by instructors and distracts them from focusing on the truly important learning goals. In this paper, we propose a different approach to achieve experiential learning by taking advantage of tools made available by Web 2.0. With its many forms such as social networking and mass collaboration, Web 2.0 has had a great impact on the everyday life of people, the younger generation in North America in particular, and is slowly changing the way business is conducted. A few early adopters in education, recognizing the potential of Web 2.0 and its associated tools, have also incorporated the concepts and practices (Chaker, 2007; Turban et al., 2007). We argue that, when applied to business education and MIS courses, these
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