Experiential learning involves the balance of concrete experiences, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation (Kolb, 1984). I believe that learning best happens when students are engaging in active engagement with the course content. Kinesthetic learning activities are an important component of my in class mini-lectures, class discussions, and student assignments and projects. These types of activities can include: actively creating websites, joining and participating in social networks, joining in-person meet-ups, having an in-person meetings with real clients, visiting a business, or trying out new technologies. For students to deeply learn the content, they need opportunities to practice and apply the concepts and strategies introduced to them through the readings, lectures, and class discussions. This type of experience engages the mind differently and enables students to associate concrete activities with the more abstract discussions, lectures, and readings.
- It’s no longer about online, it’s about out of the classroom
- Cities as classroom