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In Doing, We Learn: Reflections on Virtual and Hands-On Learning

By: Abi Flynn Chamberlain

February 19, 2021

As we have tackled virtual learning here at ICADS since the pandemic started last year, the biggest challenge has been to encourage and emphasize hands-on learning. A phrase we often repeat as a mantra or reminder to students and colleagues alike is: “in doing, we learn.” We believe that hands-on learning is a key element in education, as action encourages deeper understanding. Educators and students everywhere have felt this loss of hands-on learning, and ICADS, along with the rest has endeavored to bring education to life, even through a computer screen.

 While ICADS created a virtual curriculum this past year, we found that the institute’s Field Program Professor David Norman brought the same excitement as he does with in-person students to our videos. Though you can’t feel the texture of the soil, the warmth of the air, or hear the sounds of San Jose when taking it all in virtually, David transmits a passion for teaching and learning that we think translates to students everywhere, no matter where they might be virtually logging on to learn.

ICADS is thrilled and hopeful as we plan to welcome students back to our campus this summer for the first time in over a year. We look forward to getting back to our roots, both literally and metaphorically, by empowering students to learn through doing. But until then, we invite you to virtually learn with us and David Norman about the soil quality and conditions of San Jose, Costa Rica!

December 12, 2022

ICADS Partner Spotlight: Celebrating 30 years with Pitzer College

ICADS and Pitzer College celebrate and reflect on 30 years of working together in Study Abroad!

August 17, 2022

Alumni Newsletter

A few weeks ago, ICADS received an email from an alumnus from 1993, which was only a few years into the existence of the program. Hearing a little about this once student's experience and how ICADS changed the trajectory of their life rang familiar to us here, and we hope to celebrate that legacy and the mission that enables it.

March 18, 2021

A Year in Review: Change and Adaptation in 2020

As we approach one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we reflect on a year of change and adaptation, and we look forward to a new chapter in 2021!