Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Third International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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The CAMBRIA case: Learning through experience
Juan Esteban Escalante, Sara Aguilar-Barrientos

Last modified: 07-06-2017


Experiential learning contributes to the development of thought-related abilities, such as critical thinking and creative thinking. This article evinces the contribution of this theoretical and conceptual proposal through a specific experience with the CAMBRIA project, a solar electric vehicle built at Universidad EAFIT, that potentiated aspects related to multidisciplinary work amongst undergraduate students and, in turn, brought about pedagogical changes at the Institution. CAMBRIA opened a panorama for exploring new alternatives in the teaching-learning process and, through participation in non-simulated activities, led to the restatement of certain core aspects of the University’s educational activities. An analysis of this topic also leads to the formulation of a learning and competency acquisition model. Finally, project results and conclusions are presented, which include elements derived from the proposed model and testimonies from some of the participating students, who were interviewed in depth.

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