Abstract: We conducted a semester-long project in a course that created a socially networked class experience that bridged the classroom with life outside of it. We offered an interdisciplinary, immersive, inquiry-based learning environment around the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference in Austin, TX, culminating with student research projects and a TED-like event back on campus. The title of the course was “SXSW Interactive TCU: Learning to Change the World through Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.” The SXSW Interactive conference brings 30,000+ attendees and start-ups in the technology, social media, business, and communications fields for five days each spring, providing participants with a chance to see technology innovation and entrepreneurship in action as new companies are announced and new products are launched. We adopted the Digication ePortfolio platform for the course, which allowed us to effectively structure and capture student learning.
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