It’s often easy to forget that learning doesn’t always involve books, tests and lectures.
With the polytechnic philosophy at Cal Poly Pomona, learning is something that often happens through hands-on experiences.
For instance, one group of geology and environmental biology students has traveled to Hawaii to study the landscapes, climate, wildlife and culture of the islands. The students learned by interacting with local scientists and land managers.
Another group of students designed and built floats for a miniature Rose Parade held on campus. The mini floats were animated and competed against each other, just like the full-size version.
The university will share these and other examples like them when it hosts its fifth Stories of Successful Learning event on Tuesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This is a really good opportunity to see not only what people are doing on campus, but much more substantially, what learning takes place because of these activities,” says Victoria Bhavsar, director of the Faculty Center for Professional Development. “If you’re interested in the range of activities and intellectual engagement on campus, this is a good opportunity to see what’s up.”
Students, staff and faculty will gather in the Ursa Major suite of the Bronco Student Center to present their experiences. Each poster presentation will include how they identified a question or a challenge, how they found a solution, the actions they took, and an evaluation of their results.
The event will provide attendees with a fun environment in which to network with others, learn from their experiences, and check out an impressive array of presentations, Bhavsar says.
“We’re really pleased with the quality of the projects we received,” she says.
For more information about Stories of Successful Learning, visit www.cpp.edu/~learningstories/.