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UW LIFE Center and The Boeing Company Win Prestigious Xchange Award

Honored for Innovation in Learning Sciences

The UW Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center team and The Boeing Company won the Innovation Award for Measurement at the 13th annual Corporate University Xchange Awards for Excellence and Innovation.

xchange logoThe Xchange awards honor the achievements of organizations that push the envelope in learning by creating programs and practices that improve both business and employee performance.

The UW LIFE Center collaborates with Boeing’s 787 Composites team on an innovative learning sciences module to help define a new “learning lab” at The Boeing Company. This research partnership focused on evaluating differences in social interactivity and learning outcomes between a lecture-based course and a challenge-based course.

Click here to read the peer-reviewed findings about the benefits of the challenge-based course and it’s implications for teaching beyond The Boeing Company.

The collaborative effort brought together fields of expertise and people from the University of Washington College of Education, the UW Aeronautical Engineering and the Boeing Company. Participants included Timothy K. O’Mahony, Nancy J. Vye, John D. Bransford, and Elizabeth A. Sanders of the UW College of Education as well as Kuen Y. Lin (UW Aeronautical Engineering), Reed Stevens (Learning Sciences, Northwestern University), and Richard D. Stephens, Moe K. Soleiman and Michael C. Richey of The Boeing Company.

Click here to read more about the 13th annual Corporate University Xchange Awards for Excellence and Innovation.

The LIFE Center is a multi-institution NSF Science of Learning Center hosted at the University of Washington College of Education in partnership with Stanford University and SRI International. The LIFE Center seeks to develop and test principles about the social foundations of human learning in informal and formal environments with the goal of enhancing human learning from infancy to adulthood.

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