Exponential learning is an essential method of education, which provides students with the first-hand experience in learning. The learning process involves acquiring knowledge through internships, studies abroad, field trips, service-learning projects, and field researches. The method helps the students to build an understanding of the real world along with qualities like community building and engaging with subject matter experts & citizens involved in it.
This article is based on the experience gained by involving students in a community-related issue and the knowledge gained by them while interacting with the stakeholders. The students were divided into smaller groups to come up with a research paper with each group working out the solutions of each stakeholder. Important takeaways from the activity mentioned above are as follows.
Essential questions and its importance
The activity began with a critical issue and the subsequent search for answers from different stakeholders. Multiple perspectives to the crucial question were a great learning ground for students who were otherwise prejudiced about the entire issue.
Students were involved in activities that included fieldwork to gather and test scientific data, explore sources like local museums and touring with experts and locals to critical locations. The students then conduct interviews with stakeholders and draft research papers. The final stage of the course was a workshop model where students were involved in additional discussions, and the educators served as only coaches.
Building relationships with community
The course provided the students with the opportunity to engage with knowledgeable scientists, environmental activists, and residents to perfectly frame their research and conclusions. The activity helped in building a compassionate relationship with the stakeholders making the entire course a transformational one for the participating students.
The above three benefits of exponential learning justify its importance in building a bunch of learners who are excited and motivated.