Tech Professor Championing Drive for Innovative, Experiential Learning
Rawls College of Business Professor of Practice, Dr. J. Duane Hoover, has recently been elected President of the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL) at the organization's annual conference held last month. In addition to being elected to the organization's highest post, Hoover took away the "article of the year" award for his research paper entitled "Complexity Avoidance, Narcissism and Experiential Learning."
ABSEL is an international organization that seeks to promote experiential learning and business simulation in the academic world. Dr. Hoover was one of the original founders of the organization back in 1974. ABSEL now boasts members from Japan, Europe, and all over North America.
Dr. Hoover first became interested in experiential learning while in college.
"I felt traditional teaching was mainly one-directional," explained Hoover, "It puts the professor in the role of broadcasting and the student receiving, which is a passive activity. It can be hard to tell if they are really learning and engaging in the learning process."
Many professors across the world are beginning to implement changes to the normal, traditional teaching style, often leading to surprisingly effective results. Dr. Hoover's most recent research has to do with what he has termed 'Whole person experiential learning.' His approach aims to combine an emotional, intellectual and behavioral dimension to the learning process.
"I have found it possible to use non-traditional teaching methods to distribute extraordinary learning in students," remarked Dr. Hoover.