Delivering remarkable student experience is critical to the success of the higher education sector. To achieve this, many universities promote the experiential approach in teaching and learning. In this round table session, Dr Ying Wang discusses two teaching and learning projects she and her colleagues have conducted/are conducting, in which research is embedded to investigate experiential learning and its facilitators and outcomes. These projects involve the development and implementation of real/virtual field trip-based courses tailored to different student cohorts. The projects demonstrate how research can be integrated into teaching and learning, thereby helping address the challenge of balancing teaching and research faced by many tourism and hospitality educators. This session is designed to be interactive and offers opportunity for participants’ to reflect on own teaching and research practice.
Dr Ying Wang, PhD (Tourism), is a Senior Lecturer of Sustainable Tourism at the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University. She currently serves as the department’s Higher Degree Research Program Convenor (Gold Coast Campus) and Tourism Management Discipline Leader. She is also a member of the Griffith Institute for Tourism. Dr Ying Wang obtained her PhD degree in 2008 at Griffith University focusing on Chinese outbound tourism to Australia. Her current research projects include customer perceptions and experience with various trip and destination components, customer engagement with tourism and hospitality marketing stimulus, eye-tracking methodology, human resource and performance management in hotels. Dr Ying Wang’s fields of research expertise include destination/hotel management and marketing, sustainable business practices, travel technologies, and Chinese tourism.
Dr Ying Wang has published more than 30 papers in peer reviewed journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, and Tourism Management, in addition to book chapters, conference papers, as well as industry reports and presentations. She sits on the editorial board for Journal of Travel Research, and is an ad hoc reviewer for reputable journals such as Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.