Value to me is achieved by the constructive way that I perceive something or act as a result of a meaningful encounter. When my knowledge is enhanced, and I am challenged to think and respond in life changing ways and experience positive internal and external responses, then this is effective and impactful learning to me. I am still intrigued from taking the Diversity and Inclusion for a Global Society course through the Grad School. That class has impacted me in a profound way, and I have come to learn, value and appreciate diversity in its many forms and support the efforts for inclusivity and equity in any organization or institution.
The class content was very stimulating and engaging and the interactive and discussion-based style of teaching helped to draw out many important conversations. The class heavily incorporated project-based learning, and the way it was implemented was very effective. The class projects helped to reinforce and explore in more depth topics discussed in class and helped me in polishing my critical and creative thinking skills. Furthermore, the projects were instrumental in developing my team working skills, as one of the projects consisted of a team collaboration. I was able to collaborate with my colleague in an impactful and effective manner. We were both able to explore our topic and gain a thorough understanding and insightful points on the issue but also develop great ideas and strategies to share our knowledge and content learned to our professor and classmates in a simple, meaningful and beneficial way. Furthermore, the individual project was self-directive, and allowed me to explore an area of keen interest, in addition to allowing me to be creative and transparent in expressing my ideas on the issue and exploring the wider impact for DEI in relation to graduate students. As a result of the project-based learning, I gained a wealth of information from my classmates from their presentations on critical topics that imparted more wisdom and knowledge to me and encouraged me to be more reflective on the issues discussed.
I am very inspired to implement these methods in my classroom, as I firsthand saw and experienced the value-added benefit gained by this project-based learning. My learning was enhanced, and outcomes from that method left me with lasting impressions that have improved my growth and development as an individual and as a student. I feel it necessary to simulate a similar experience in order to achieve close to the same desired outcomes for my students and help them gain richer and deeper experiences of learning and engagement.