The project Exploring Hamburg: Experiential learning through supervised research will teach students a variety of skills important for any field of study, among them, how to find an interesting research topic, how to formulate effective research questions, how to design and frame a valid research study, how to collect and preserve data, how to evaluate the data, and how to present the results by developing effective German writing and digital presentation skills. To accomplish all this, we taught the research seminar in three distinct phases:
- Phase 1: Designing a Research Study
- Phase 2: Collecting Data in Germany
- Phase 3: Presenting the Results
We designed this German research project for our students because we believe that strong written and oral communications skills in the native and at least one foreign language, an understanding of how technology can be successfully employed together with analytical skills and an entrepreneurial spirit are among the universal qualities that graduate and professional schools as well as employers value the most.