Communication programs have a rich anecdotal history of connecting student learning to real-world experience. Yet, the same programs, including ours, often privilege classroom-based instruction and instructor-led experiential learning over other types of experiences. When community organizers announced a national mega-event for our city, faculty in our communication department knew that we wanted to use it as a learning experience. We brainstormed ideas, most of which were classroom- and semester-based concepts typical of traditional topics courses. But, one of our faculty members suggested that we think outside of the concept of classroom. What resulted was a unique experience unlike any we had offered before: a valuable and compelling learning event that emerged from a successful faculty-staff-student-community partnership.
McArthur, J. A. (2013). Rethinking the classroom: One department’s attempt to connect student learning and national events. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 32(2), 79-86.