A central online resource on experiential learning for faculty and staff at Miami University. It provides an introduction to experiential and transformational teaching as an effective pedagogy, as well as some practical steps and resources to implement experiential learning across a broad spectrum of courses. It is not intended to be comprehensive, but to offer some guidance as well as additional resources to support faculty and staff in adopting experiential learning into their courses.
This website was developed by the Miami University Faculty Learning Community "Transforming the Classroom and Student Learning with Experiential Learning" during the 2018-19 school year. The project was supported by the Center for Teaching Excellence and included input from faculty and staff across all campuses at Miami University.
The purpose of this website is to provide a central online resource on experiential learning for faculty and staff at Miami University. It provides an introduction to experiential and transformational teaching as an effective pedagogy, as well as some practical steps and resources to implement experiential learning across a broad spectrum of courses. It is not intended to be comprehensive, but to offer some guidance as well as additional resources to support faculty and staff in adopting experiential learning into their courses.
Experiential learning may be defined as the process of making meaning from direct experience in a real world or an "out of the traditional classroom" context. It offers students the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills within the context of the classroom or in new or different settings. In experiential learning, educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and written reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and clarify perspectives or values. Educators serve as facilitators or mentors guiding and empowering students to take ownership of their learning experiences.
Because experiential learning is a broad term, it can encompass many different categories of learning, including undergraduate research, community/civic engagement, service learning and career and practical experiences such as internships, clinical placements, co-ops or student teaching.
- Connection of academic ideas, concepts, and skills to a new and different context
- Facilitated and guided practice
- Sustained duration or immersion (the amount of time engaged should be the equivalent of at least one credit for at least one academic term)
- Opportunity for pre-flection and reflection on the learning goals and experience
Topics to Investigate
- What is experiential learning?
- Experiential learning as an effective pedagogy
- Multidisciplinary approaches and application across disciplines and majors
- How to integrate experiential learning into your course
- Use of Reflection/Pre-flection
- Using experiential learning as Service-Learning
- Using experiential learning in online courses
- Developing partnerships/creating a shared vision in your community
- Assessment of experiential learning: Program evaluation and rubrics
- Resources for more information and professional development
- References and Literature Review
Thank you to all who assisted and supported this project including the Faculty Learning Community members who developed this resource for Miami University:
- Susan Baim
- Gabriela Bermudez
- Evelyn Covington
- Sharon Custer
- Stephanie Danker
- Karleah Harris
- Suzanne Klatt
- Claire McLeod
- Mysore Narayanan
- Jacqueline Rioja Velarde
- Amy Restorick Roberts
- Ziva Schachar
- Terri Spahr Nelson, FLC Facilitator
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I will learn."
Benjamin Franklin, 1750