Experiential Learning

“Experiential education, which takes students into the community, helps students both to bridge classroom study and life in the world and to transform inert knowledge into knowledge-in-use.”

- Janet Eyler, AAC&U-

What are the Components of Experiential Learning?

  • Reflection
  • Critical analysis and synthesis
  • Opportunities for students to take initiative
  • Make decisions
  • Be accountable for the results

What are the Benefits of Experiential Learning?

  • Increases student motivation to learn
  • Produces more autonomous learners
  • Reflection deepens learning and helps students to transfer their previous knowledge to new contexts and master new concepts
  • Internships and work experience become more meaningful
  • Most transferable and marketable skills are developed in “real world” settings
  • Provide students with opportunities to explore research and other scholarly activities early on in their academic career

What are some examples of Experiential Learning?

Experiential Learning

 

Your Role as Faculty is to…

  • Select suitable experiences
  • Facilitate the learning process by posing problems, setting boundaries, and supporting learners with suitable resources and ensuring safety
  • Recognize and encourage spontaneous opportunities for learning, engagement with challenging situations, and discovery of solutions
  • Help the learner notice the connections between one context and another, between theory and the experience

 

Experiential Learning at UTA

More Resources

  • https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/instructional-strategies/experiential-learning
  • https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/power-experiential-education
  • https://www.bu.edu/ctl/guides/experiential-learning/