Designing New Technologies to Expand Knowledge and Information Sharing in Internship and Experiential Learning Settings

By Kristine Mirrer.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Experiential learning in the form of Internships, Cooperative Education, and Service Learning is well established in undergraduate and graduate higher education. Varied academic disciplines, community organizations, and business settings recognize the value of direct professional experience as a means of preparation and understanding for careers and advanced education. While the practice is long-standing, current economic trends have further emphasized the necessity for experiential learning in an ever more competitive job market. Design of new technologies to expand knowledge and information sharing in internship settings is an option to make the process more meaningful to employers, institutions, students, and allow for greater sharing of materials and information learned during the process. Digital Storytelling, Blogs, Web Pages, Electronic Portfolios, as well as variants of these practices serve to allow programs and individuals to enhance learning in the Internship-Experiential Learning settings.

Keywords: Internship, Blog, Digital Storytelling, Experiential Learning, Web Pages, Electronic Portfolios, Cooperative Education, Service Learning, Higher Education, Sharing Information, Technology

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.121-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 744.994KB).

Dr. Kristine Mirrer

Assistant Chairperson, Department of Media & Film, Kean University, Union, NJ, USA

Dr. Kristine Mirrer holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She served as Chairperson of the Media & Film department at Kean University. She has led international courses for students in France, United Kingdom, China, and Spain, as well as offering certificate programs in American Media for Chinese media professionals. She worked full-time as a consultant for the largest broadcast news research and consulting firm at television networks in the United States and Australia, and has been a faculty fellow of the International Radio and Television Society.

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