Student-Centered Course Design: Empowering Students to Become Self-Directed Learners

Bryan J. Hains, Brittany Smith

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With the recent promotion of learner-centered philosophies, educators are beginning to accept the idea that learning is a constructive process. But this philosophical shift has been met with some resistance from both students and faculty. This case study examines the development of a student-designed experiential course from both student and faculty perspectives. Seven undergraduate students developed and implemented a 12-day experiential learning course with eight learning outcomes. Discussion revolves around faculty and student hesitation, student motivation, faculty selection, course evaluation, and interpersonal development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-374
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Experiential Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

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© 2012, © 2012 Association of Experiential Education.


  • Course Design
  • Experiential Education
  • Student-Centered

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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