The project includes three independent but correlated modules linked to different courses or T&L programmes, featuring different learning activities, and targeting different student cohorts and aiming to improve experiential learning, on-campus integration of international students, and alumni relationships.
Activities, process and outcomes
In Module 1, students from all years of study were invited to design a 7-day study trip to Sydney or Brisbane, Australia. Participants presented their itinerary and budget proposals in front of a judging panel of two SHTM faculty members and an executive from Tourism Australia. The winning proposal was implemented in May 2018. In Module 2, local and international students voluntarily formed teams and organized the “International Day” F&B event featuring food from different cultures that facilitates cross-cultural learning. In Module 3, we organized an event for School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) alumni to share their entrepreneurship stories. Module 1 and 2 both adopted a student-centered learning design, aimed to increase student engagement in T&L and improve students’ abilities to apply textbook theories/concepts to real-world event planning and execution. Module 3 can be developed into an established element in our career co-curriculum.
Deliverables and evaluation
The course documents (learning assessment tasks, guidelines, rubrics) and multi-media outputs (student-made and professionally produced photos and videos) can be shared online. We have received positive feedback from students and alumni. Students’ reflection reports and group projects also demonstrate high student satisfaction and improved learning outcomes.
Dissemination, diffusion, impact and sharing of good practices
The SHTM student sharepoint site has been improved over the project period with more features that encourage interactions among the School, the current students, and the alumni. The modules are highly structured and can be adaptable to other disciplines. The project outcomes align with the University-wide themes of global citizenship and social enterprisingness, innovation and design, and internationalization at home. The student-centered learning activities have been adopted in other T&L areas at our school. For example, we are reviewing our internship programme and adding more project-based internships that allow students to conduct problem-solving projects.