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Book Launch Reception

The book launch celebration for More than a Motto: The Meaning Behind Cal Poly's Learn by Doing Signature  took place on Friday, May 19 at the University Art Gallery. 

Brian Greenwood and Dean Bailey dedication
The event featured a special book dedication ceremony for Dean Bailey, a long-standing supporter of Learn by Doing at Cal Poly.

More than a Motto: The Meaning Behind Cal Poly's Learn by Doing Signature's 22 case studies highlight unique and important contributions from students, faculty and staff to the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Each case study was carefully selected by an editorial board with representation from across campus and exemplifies educational excellence in the colleges as well as through co-curricular and multidisciplinary campus activities. In the spirit of Learn by Doing, the book was written and designed by four Cal Poly faculty and staff members with assistance from students during the design process; students in University Graphic Systems printed the book’s first 1,000 copies on its Heidelberg Press—the largest print job the students have ever undertaken. 

Lead author Brian Greenwood says, "From the outset with this project, the Cal Poly community has been incredibly supportive, and we appreciate the countless contributors who've helped make this book a reality. The impact Learn by Doing has on the campus culture is palpable, and we're excited to celebrate and highlight that which makes Cal Poly truly unique."

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Paideia team
Congratulations to the 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award recipients. 

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Purchase the Book

Get your copy of the special edition More than a Motto book that celebrates Cal Poly's unique institutional identity today! Copies are available for purchase at Cal Poly University Store and Cal Poly Downtown. Online sales will be available soon.  

Upcoming Events

September 18, 2017
Conference Proposals
submission deadline

November 3, 2017
Learn by Doing at Cal Poly
campuswide conference during 
Homecoming Weekend!


Call for Proposals

The inaugural campus conference was a big success!

The campus community is invited to contribute to Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing lasting legacy by submitting a proposal for the 2017 Conference.

Submit your proposal for the fall conference today!