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AIMS and MDC receive Apple Challenge Based Learning grant

01/03/2011

Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) and the Miami Design Collaborative have received a grant from Apple Inc. to participate in the training and implementation of the Challenge Based Learning (CBL) initiative. On Jan. 23-25, Michael Bailey-Van Kuren, Peg Faimon and Glenn Platt will train in CBL and then implement those skills into a new course being offered this spring semester, CFA111 Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking.

As described on the Apple website: “Challenge Based Learning applies what is known about the emerging learning styles of high school students and leverages the powerful new technologies that provide new opportunities to learn to provide an authentic learning process that challenges students to make a difference.

Challenge Based Learning encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems. Challenge Based Learning is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with other students, their teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to develop deeper knowledge of the subjects students are studying, accept and solve challenges, take action share their experience, and enter into a global discussion about important issues.”

The results and output from CFA111 will be published at the end of the second semester in May.

Bailey-Van Kuren is an associate professor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Miami where he is also an affiliate faculty member of Miami’s interactive media studies program and directs the Rapid Prototyping and Fabrication Lab.

Faimon is co-director of AIMS, director of the Miami Design Collaborative and professor of graphic design.

Platt is the C. Michael Armstrong Chair, professor of marketing and has been director of the interactive media studies program (and AIMS) since 2000.

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