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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is an approach to education that focuses on "learning by doing," on the participant's subjective experience. The role of the educator is to design "direct experiences" that include preparatory and reflective exercises. The authors that experience may come from earlier life events, current life events, or from participation in activities constructed by the instructor.

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David Kolb’s Experiential Learning

Faculty Resources, Academy of Art University

This simple chart demonstrates David Kolb’s model of experiential learning and indicates appropriate classroom activities for the four different learning styles.

David A. Kolb on Experiential Learning

Mark Smith, infed

This site provides a visual model for David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model and also provides a critique of the model.

Experiential Learning Training Modules

Experiential Learning Center, University of California, Davis.

This site presents three training modules (beginning, intermediate, and advanced) will provide all the information needed to begin training staff and/or volunteers in any program.

Experiential Learning Options

Office of Experiential Learning, University of Central Florida

This site explains the options available in experiential learning and provides some examples.

Experience-based Learning

University of Technology Sydney

This is a chapter from "Understanding Adult Education and Training." The key issue is that the learner analyzes the experience by reflection, evaluation, and reconstruction.