Experiential Learning In- and Outside the Classroom
Barbara Jacoby is the Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland. In this workshop video, she gives an introduction how to teach experiential learning inside a classroom. Simply put, experiential learning is the intentional combination of experience and learning so that each enhances the other. It is an excellent pedagogy for developing skills as well as knowledge, for encouraging deep understanding of learning complex concepts, and for applying theory to practice, and for preparing students to be critically reflective professionals. Experiential learning is widely recognized as a high-impact educational practice, generally viewed as happening outside the classroom through such experiences as internships, study abroad, and service-learning. However, experiential learning works also very well inside the classroom. Experiential learning inside the classroom is ideal for students whose busy lives or economic circumstances do not allow them to engage in traditional experiential learning outside the classroom.