Immersive learning helps students plunge into the world of contemporary practice through exploring integrative design in a unique, interdisciplinary, and high impact learning experience that results in real-world solutions. This workshop is an opportunity to examine a dynamic and balanced teaching pedagogy, and learn how to develop, implement, and assess a short-term, off-campus, interdisciplinary, and vertically integrated course based on experiential learning. Using the step-by-step guide presented during the workshop, you will design an immersive learning experience tailored to meet the specific needs of your community and institution. In addition, the workshop will help you to develop the “behind-the-scenes” framework you will need to gain institutional support.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. CST


Online webinar (access information available upon registration)


Marsha Cuddeback
Louisiana State University

Marsha R. Cuddeback is an Associate Professor in the College of Art + Design, School of Interior Design at Louisiana State University where she was named the Ruth Z. McCoy Professor in Interior Design 2013-2015. Marsha holds degrees in Interior Design, Architecture, and Sustainable Design – Design Studies, from Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario and the Boston Architectural College, Boston, Massachusetts. She is an NCIDQ certificate holder, licensed architect, LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, and Living Future Accredited (LFA) from the International Living Future Institute. Marsha currently serves as the IDEC Teaching Collaborative Coordinator, was the recent Chair of the IDEC Academic Integrity Task Force, and was selected as a member of the NCIDQ Champions Task Force. Her interests include sustainable design theory and practice; ethics and the natural and built environment; the scholarship of teaching and student-centered learning; and design for at-risk populations. Marsha has offered a number of interdisciplinary international experiences for students in the College of Art + Design including in the townships surrounding Cape Town, South Africa. She has conducted research and published on the subject of advancing teaching and learning pedagogy and the changing paradigm of sustainability in Interior Design education. Her teaching and practice has been recognized through an LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award, the Gulf South Summit Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award, a 2010 NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of the Practice in the Academy, an AIA Grassroots Excellence Award for Component Outreach Communications, LSU Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award, and AIA Gulf States Regional Honor Citation Award for Design Excellence. Examples of recent sponsored research include the National Endowment for the Arts – Louisiana Sustainable Communities Project, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development – Context Sensitive Solutions Implementation Plan. Prior to her appointment in the School of Interior Design she served as Director of the LSU Office of Community Design and Development and faculty member in the School of Architecture. Before relocating in Southeast Louisiana, she practiced in the office of Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood, Architects, Boston, Massachusetts, was Associate Director of Academic Affairs at the Boston Architectural College, and Career Advisor for the Career Discovery program at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.