Interdisciplinary and Project-Based Service Learning for Smart and Connected Communities
Insights from ENDEAVR
Keywords:Interdisciplinary, project-based, service-learning, smart cities, community-driven innovation, higher education
The demands are increasing for higher education institutions to implement pedagogies engaging students with emerging technologies to address real-world challenges. Innovative approaches are needed to provide students with hands-on, project-based learning experience in interdisciplinary settings. To meet these demands, specifically related to smart and connected communities, a team of educators created an interdisciplinary and project-based service-learning program named Envisioning the Neo-traditional Development by Embracing the Autonomous Vehicles Realm (ENDEAVR) in collaboration with community and industry partners. The ENDEAVR team piloted the program during the 2019-2020 academic year. Program evaluation was conducted using both pre-post surveys and focus groups centered on the program’s impact on students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Based on the analysis and reflections from the pilot implementation, this article identifies key lessons learned in terms of teaching, learning, and institutional management.
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Copyright (c) 2023 Wei Li, Jiahe Bian, Chanam Lee, Anatol Bologan, Theodora Chaspari, Jaimie Masterson, Jacqueline Stillisano, Kim Wright, Samantha Shields, Debra Fowler
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