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Tuesday, June 17 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
PC.PM.04 -- Realizing the Transformative Promise of "Experiential Learning"

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“Experiential learning” has become increasingly popular as a transformative pedagogical approach, with strong potential to facilitate the development of a diverse range of skills and values that are salient for citizenship and leadership at both local and global levels. However, despite its apparently obvious and commonsensical meaning, “experiential learning” is a contested term, in which various underlying philosophies are associated with different experiential methods and hence, different types of anticipated outcomes. Moreover, despite the potential benefits of experiential learning opportunities, various methods can also pose an assortment of ethical, pragmatic and risk management challenges, which sometimes go unacknowledged and therefore unaddressed. Understanding the differences among various experiential methods, being able to select the “best fit” for particular courses and learning goals, and, effectively planning for and managing the challenges inhering each method will help educators and students alike to more fully realize the transformative promise of experiential learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

Following completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the five defining characteristics of “experiential learning.”
  2. Describe three key (philosophical) approaches to experiential learning and locate each of these on a continuum of anticipated experiential change / transformation.
  3. Choose the experiential approach of “best fit” for their own discipline/course based on consideration of four questions comprising an experiential learning choices guide.
  4. Describe three key ways in which careful planning and preparation can enhance the experiential learning experience for both students and teachers.
  5. Demonstrate facility with three specific planning tools that can be used to anticipate and prepare for specific ethical, pragmatic and risk challenges that might arise when using experiential learning activities.
  6. Devise, implement and evaluate an effective and sound experiential learning activity that is relevant to one’s specific discipline/course.

Strategies for Audience Engagement:

The workshop will be highly interactive in nature and include the following:

  1. A “workbook” containing various reflection exercises, self-surveys, activities, planning tools, checklists and evaluation activities will be provided to each participant. It will be used to guide (and provide a place to complete) individual and/or small group exercises throughout the workshop. Some of these activities will involve “third objects” supplied by the workshop leaders.
  2. Some short video clips and brief slide shows of (~ 6) images will be used to introduce certain topics and as a starting point for individual reflection and/or participative discussion of certain area.
  3. Interactive discussion (vs. formal “lecture”) will be used throughout.
  4. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own experiential teaching/learning interests; to develop experiential learning objectives specific to their own discipline/course; to identify potential experiential learning activities consistent with learning goals; and to complete the planning process using tools provided.

Tuesday June 17, 2014 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
A239 McArthur Hall

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