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Integrating Applied Science and Communication: Developing Technical Writing Through Hydroponics

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This event is part of the CTLT Spring Institute, taking place from June 3–6, 2024.

In this session, attendees will explore the transformative potential of integrating experiential learning with technical writing, using the development of hydroponics tanks by engineering students as a primary case study. This hands-on project not only facilitated practical engineering skills, but also honed students’ abilities to communicate complex ideas effectively. The learning outcomes are designed to highlight the multifaceted benefits of such an approach, including enhanced student engagement, improved writing skills in technical contexts and the promotion of active learning strategies.

Session Learning Outcomes:

Exploring how to design experiential learning projects that complement and enhance technical writing skills
Gaining insights into effective methods for evaluating both the technical and communicative aspects of student projects
Providing a walk-through example of student projects, materials and reflections


Weaver (Amber) Shaw, Lecturer, Vantage College
Ainsley Camps, Educational Developer, CTLT