Experiential Learning – Learn – Do – Reflect

Experiential learning offers students engagement, activities, exercises, and assignments that either involve or are based on real-life situations. Students actively apply the knowledge, skills, and concepts they learn in class.  Students follow engagement with reflection to help them process the experience.  This increases understanding, improves retention of the material, and creates a sense of relevance.

Examples of Experiential Learning

  • Research
  • Internships
  • Service Learning
  • Case studies and simulations
  • Role Playing
  • Real world problem solving
  • Site visits
  • Portfolios and multimedia artifacts

Experiential learning provides a launch pad to take your content from the classroom to the world.  Here are a few helpful guidelines as you create your course:

  1. Ensure that your experiences include an opportunity for reflection and feedback
  2. Ensure that all out-of-class activities are accessible to students with limited transportation
  3. Consider how any extra time commitment might impact students with significant work, family, or sports commitments
  4. Create clear expectations for how students will be evaluated
  5. Leave adequate time for content, experience, and reflection
  6. If your experience requires group work, review our Group Projects resources to ensure students have adequate training in how to succeed in groups

Best Practices in Experiential Learning – Ryerson University

Applying Course Content Outside the Classroom – Ideaedu.org