USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 8 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
P13-Virtual Conversations: Connecting Students with Industry Professionals in a Critical Thinking-Reflective Process

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Rachel Eike, Arrie Milam

In order to prepare Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design (FMAD) students for the next stage of their career journey, six FMAD industry professionals virtually connected with the professional seminar class and shared their apparel industry experience. Upon virtual conversation completion, students analyzed, synthesized, and reflected upon the knowledge gained from these conversations. This reflection process allowed students to communicate their individual growth experienced from virtual conversations (complemented by other course activities) while indicating their future implementation plan to apply knowledge gained. This connection-reflection process was an efficient engagement method that enabled students to understand industry expectations, network with potential employers, and develop a methodical reflection procedure for workplace annual reviews. This virtual conversation and reflection process may be implemented into any academic discipline.

Wednesday April 8, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Hill Atrium/Pecan Tree Galleria

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