CLT Symposium

CLT Symposium: Bringing Learning to Life: Experiential Learning at AUC

In this daylong symposium, participants had the opportunity to explore the wide spectrum of experiential learning. From small, low stake interventions to more immersive student experiences, attendees were engaged in a variety of hands-on activities including, interactive workshops, facilitated community roundtable talks, microteaching, and co-design sessions.

Venue: Moataz Al Alfi Hall - AUC New Cairo

Highlights of the day included the following sessions and workshops:

Session 1: The Experiential Learning Spectrum Workshop (9 - 10 am) 

In this workshop, participants (faculty, students, teaching assistants) will engage in a variety of activities that will broaden their knowledge of a spectrum of experiential learning techniques and strategies they can integrate into their classes. While enjoying a casual breakfast, participants will have the chance to exchange ideas and reflect on opportunities to expand existing experiential learning activities at AUC.

Session 2: Community Roundtables (10:00 - 11:15 am)

This session will have roundtables on various experiential learning topics from different disciplines. Each roundtable will be led by one or more AUC faculty members who conduct longer-term projects using experiential learning in their classes. Participants will have the opportunity to sit and discuss these approaches with the facilitator(s) of the roundtable and can move between tables every 15 - 20 minutes. The sessions will include:

  • Field Trips as a Teaching Technique - Facilitator: Tamer Nassar (Geology/Chemistry)

  • International Learning Collaborations - Facilitator: Irene Strasser (Psychology)

  • The 70-20-10 Model: Challenging the Basics - Facilitator: Khaled Habib (Management)

  • Evolving Language of Education: Caravan Course - Facilitator: Firas Al-Atraqchi (Journalism)

  • Clinical Supervision Cycle to Transform "Information rich, Experience poor" Classes - Facilitator: Mustafa Toprak (Graduate School of Education)

  • Experiential Learning and Accounting: Evidence from the Advanced Accounting Class - Facilitator: Nermeen Shehata (Accounting)

  • BUSC 4000 Experiential Learning: CO-OP - Facilitator: Ahmed Abdel-Meguid (Accounting)

  • Historical Simulation as a Stimulus to Learning - Facilitator: Michael Reimer (History)

  • AUC Career Center: Leveraging Industry partnerships to Enrich Students’ Learning Experience in the Classroom - Facilitator: Soha Hassan (Career Center)

  • Rededisgning an IEP course to introduce experiential learning - Facilitator: Sophie Farag (IEP) & Mariah Farley (IEP)

  • Campus Urbanism and the Living Lab Concept - Facilitator: Momen El-Husseiny (Architecture)

  • Educational Virtual Environment (EVE): Virtual Reality as a Tool for Experiential Learning - Facilitator: Sherif AbdelMohsen (Architecture), Khalil el Khodary (MENG) & Mohamed Fawzy (MENG)

  • Embedding Internships into Entrepreneurship Curriculum - Facilitator: Nellie El Enany (MGMT)

  • Experiences of Cross Cultural Collaboration of Online and Simultaneous Teaching between Egypt and Colombia - Facilitator: Kate Ellis (PSYC)

  • Erasmus + Virtual Exchange - Facilitator: Asma AbdelRahman (Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange)

Session 3: Microteaching (11:15 am - 12:45 pm)

In this session, AUC faculty from different departments will demonstrate a variety of brief activities they have used in their classrooms that adopt the experiential learning approach. Microteaching provides an opportunity for faculty to share their teaching practices with others and reflect on them. The sessions will include:

Parallel Sessions: 

  • Microteaching Part 1 (11:15 am - 12:00 pm) School of Sciences and Engineering - The Power of the Universal Language of Drawing - Facilitator: Magda Mostafa (Architecture)

  • Microteaching Part 1 (11:15 am - 12:00 pm) School of Humanities and Social Sciences - Practicing inclusion and accessibility - Facilitator: Alexandra Gazis (Psychology) & Nada Mosallam

  • Microteaching Part 2 (12:00 - 12:45) School of Sciences and Engineering - The Plagues of Egypt - Maya Nicolas (Scientific Thinking) with Maha Khalil and Fady Morcos

  • Microteaching Part 2 (12:00-12:45) School of Humanities and Social Sciences - Dialogue versus Monologue: Role Play in the Classroom - Facilitator: Jillian Campana (Theater)

Session 4: Co-Design (1 - 2 pm)

This is a session where faculty and students will work together in teams to brainstorm ways to enhance experiential learning in particular courses across a variety of AUC majors and to come up with creative strategies to overcome potential challenges. CLT will facilitate this process and the output of the session will be summarized and published as a New Chalk Talk. With the goal of redesigning courses to integrate more experiential learning, faculty who wish to embark on redesigning facets of their course for the fall semester can sign up on-site for further CLT support via our consultation services. 

Parallel Sessions: (2:00 - 3:30 pm)

Session 5: Community-Based Learning 

Community-based learning (CBL) is a pedagogical approach which integrates instruction and community engagement, so that learners actively interact with real-life problems, particularly addressing community needs, while meeting the learning outcomes of a specific course. CBL involves collaboration between faculty, students and community partners such as NGOs and includes structured reflection, which helps students gain a deeper understanding of their experiences. 

In this session, AUC's ACE director, Hossam Attia, will help faculty explore components that are integral to designing effective CBL activities. Faculty will have opportunities to visit several roundtables to learn from the experiences of faculty, students and NGOs who have implemented CBL before. NGO representatives will be sharing existing community needs that faculty participants may wish to integrate within their courses.

Session 6: Academic-Industry Partnerships with the SUGAR Network 

The Sugar Network facilitates global academic-industry partnerships, allowing students and faculty to work on real-life challenges while collaborating with interdisciplinary teams across the globe. During this featured session, Maia Kuhnen from the SUGAR Network will introduce participants to the network’s experiential learning approach, highlighting opportunities for industrial partnerships and international collaborations. This session will display the integration of design thinking as the main framework behind this interdisciplinary approach to learning.