Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience. More specifically defined, it is learning through reflection on doing.
Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting. Experiential learning encompasses a variety of activities including internships, externships, practicums, service learning, shadowing, cooperative education, volunteering, student organization leadership, campus involvement, faculty-led projects, and student employment/work-study.
Learning that is considered "experiential" contain all the following elements:
- Reflection, critical analysis, and synthesis
- Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for results
- Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
- A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from mistakes and successes
Stay tuned for updates. We are currently working to improve our experiential learning programs to better serve you! If you are interested in learning more about experiential learning, please contact Andrea Picard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.552.2342.