The AU MSOD classroom is a dynamic, challenging space where students learn from scholar-practitioner instructors, each other, and through reflection on their cohort's experiences and their own use of self. The MSOD program is built on a rigorous academic curriculum enriched by experiential learning. In recent years, the MSOD curriculum has been expanded to include international fieldwork experience for each cohort, along with active and engaging online learning outside of the classroom for each course.
Experiential learning, developed from the work of philosopher John Dewey and scholars Malcolm Knowles, Paulo Freire, David Kolb and others, draws on an adult’s natural talent to learn from his or her own experiences. “Learning,” as David Kolb once said, “is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience." In the AU MSOD program, classroom experiences are transformed into practical knowledge and deep understanding.