(CS EdX Sessions) Wilmott, Ingrid

Title: Experiential Learning

Presenter: Ingrid Wilmott (Educational Designer)

Co-presenter(s): Amita Krautloher, Matthew Ryan, Jennifer Weller

Faculty / Division: DLT

School / Unit:

Session Type: Interactive Discussion

When: Friday, 19 November 2021 @ 11:15am – 12:15pm)

Where: https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/66882742974

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Experiential learning provides excellent opportunities for students to prepare for success in their chosen industry or profession (Naylor, 2009). Recent research has suggested that this type of learning enhances neurological development and achieves more successful long-term memory storage and retrieval (Willis, 2006). It has also been found to increase civic engagement, leadership, networking, teamwork, collaboration and employability and practical training to build competencies required for entry into their chosen career (Djalilvand et al., 2019). 

Kolb’s learning cycle of experiential learning provides a framework for educators to involve students’ personal experiences and feedback to benefit student learning (Kolb, 1984). This helps to personalise learning thereby creating lasting value for students. By integrating experiential learning, staff will be better equipped to deliver insightful and impactful learning experiences (CSU Our Values).

This style of learning is beginning to be recognised globally as a way to provide authentic, contemporary and engaging learning experiences (Djalilvand et al., 2019). Top ranked universities including; Uppsala University Sweden, San Diego State University California in the United States, Singapore University of Social Sciences and York University in Canada have begun to integrate experiential learning to achieve this. 

In this session we will explore examples of experiential learning that could be utilised to enhance student learning. We call on academics to think about how they can integrate experiential learning for students using Kolb’s learning cycle.

Academics will get an opportunity to audit one of their subjects to see how they are currently embedding experiential learning in their subject. We will then discuss how these subjects could be enhanced by applying Kolb learning cycle. 

Talking points/discussion questions:

  1. Kolb’s learning cycle and self-audit of current integration of experiential learning
  2. What unique opportunities exist within your subject for further experiential learning