Learning Spaces for Experiential Learning

Colloquium | April 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Dr. David Ernesto Salinas Navarro, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico City Region), Organizational Systems and Industrial Engineering Department

 Graduate School of Education

In this talk, Dr. Salinas Navarro presents work that expands the conceptualization of learning spaces for higher education by integrating Experiential Learning (EL) and Challenge Based Learning (CbL) into the development of relevant learning outcomes. He suggests that the lack of perceived relevance of students’ academic studies to their daily life or future professional careers might be seen in relation to the type of educational models and activities in which students participate. In his talk, Dr. Salinas Navarro will discuss how educational settings that align relevant educational intentions, learning outcomes, and teaching strategies into learning spaces that recreate real-world challenging experiences within specific circumstances can help students perceive relevance in their learning. From a systemic perspective, relevant learning might be approached in terms of the contextual interactions amongst students, academics, and other educational partners collectively producing purposeful learning activities in a situation.

Dr. Salinas Navarro offers a framework for conceptualizing learning spaces from a systemic view that goes beyond physical facilities or virtual environments to shift attention to domains of interaction in which students actively participate to develop their specific learning outcomes. In these learning spaces, students recreate experiences to learn-by-doing in real-world types of situations, in order to observe, reflect, and converse about their perceptions, develop abstract conceptualizations, and implement active experimentation. Thus, learning spaces represents the embodiment of educational strategies for the development of learning outcomes.

About the Speaker. Dr. Salinas Navarro is an Associate Professor in Organizational Systems and Regional Head of the Industrial Engineering Department at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico City Region. He completed his PhD in Business/Management Systems at the Community Operations Research Unit (CORU) of the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom. He also conducted research in relation to K12 Education and community development projects. Additionally, he did an academic stay on postgraduate curriculum development as International Faculty Fellow (IFF) at the Sloan School of Management of the MIT.

His research focuses on Educational Innovation in relation to Learning Spaces, where he has carried out projects in Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Logistics learning spaces as part of the NOVUS educational innovation initiative of Tec de Monterrey.  He is an active member of the Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) network of the MIT, where he leads the Educational Innovation track in the Latin American region. He also coordinates the academic collaboration with Washington University in St. Louis to support undergraduate research stays for the McDonell Academy. In the professional field, he has experience in supply chain management and process improvement in the air transportation, manufacturing, and health services sectors.