WHY EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING?

By June 17, 2016News

Broadly, experiential learning is any learning that supports students in applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems or situations where the instructor directs and facilitates learning.  The classroom, laboratory, or studio can serve as a setting for experiential learning through embedded activities such as case and problem-based studies, guided inquiry, simulations, experiments, or art projects.

However, when students are given opportunities to learn in authentic situations on campus like those provided by Excelzia, the learning becomes significantly more powerful.  By engaging in formal, guided, authentic, real-world experiences, individuals:

  • deepen their knowledge through repeatedly acting and then reflecting on this action,
  • develop skills through practice and reflection,
  • support the construction of new understandings when placed in novel situations, and
  • extend their learning as they bring their learning back to the classroom.

Experiential learning teaches students the competencies they need for real-world success.  Experiential learning provides the conditions for optimally supporting student learning. When students are engaged in learning experiences that they see the relevance of; they have increased motivation to learn.  Students are also motivated when they are provided opportunities for practice and feedback. Experiential learning meets these criteria.

Experiential learning creates self-directed learners.  Through experiential learning, students are confronted with unfamiliar situations and tasks in a real-world context.  To complete these tasks, students need to figure out what they know, what they do not know, and how to learn it. This requires students to: reflect on their prior knowledge and deepen it through reflection; transfer their previous learning to new contexts; master new concepts, principles, and skills; and be able to articulate how they developed this master.  Ultimately, these skills create students who become self-directed, life-long learners.

Excelzia has based all its learning programs on the basis of experiential learning.  We believe that for students to achieve their full potential, undertaking an experiential learning program will enable students to achieve their full potential.

For more information about what Excelzia can do for you and your school contact us at [email protected].

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