Experiential learning and reflective practice 7 17-13
The Nature of Experiential
Often dysfunctional, always incomplete
Need to use present experience to test our
beliefs, correcting the misinterpretations
We often manipulate experience to fit our
We usually see and hear selectively
Stop and Think
Can you recall a personally
significant learning experience?
In formal education or in the school of life?
What was it? What were the
circumstances surrounding the experience?
Why was it significant to you?
What Makes Learning Significant?
(experience attended to
and reflected on)
(can involve expansion but is
not subjectively valued)
• Subjectively valued
• Has personal impact
involving expansion or
Informal and Incidental Learning
Informal Learning: Can be planned or unplanned,
but usually conscious awareness that learning is
Incidental Learning: A by-product of some other
activity; usually unintentional, unexamined, and
embedded in closely held belief systems
Marsick and Watkins’ definitions, 1990, 1992
Requires becoming aware of conscious
learning in a non-routine situation as people
reflect on experience
When incidental learning occurs, people
often act with little or no reflection, and the
learning is thus embedded in their action
To bring awareness of learning to surface
requires making tacit assumptions explicit;
Langer calls this concept “mindfulness”
What proportion of our learning
do you think is informal and
incidental as compared to
What are the implications of this
for the learners you teach?
What do we mean by “reflective
What strategies do you use to
engage learners in reflective
End-of-course reflective essays
Blogs as reflective learning journals
Practices to Enhance Student Blogging
Explain the “HOW” of
reflective practice with
Create some structure:
your own blog!
How do Digital
Steps in the Digital Storytelling Process
First, write the story –
aim for 300 words
Share the story orally in
a story circle with peers
Continue to refine and
reduce the story to its
key elements; peer
Create a storyboard
Remember, it’s an
Search free digital media sites
for photos licensed under the
Creative Commons for remixing
and Attribution/ Share Alike
Choose music to create tone
and set the emotion of the story
Download Microsoft Photostory
3 and begin to arrange photos,
music, transitions, and
narration to create the desired
Photostory saves work as a
movie file; can upload to
Steps in the Digital Storytelling Process
What is the Creative Commons?
A San Francisco non-
founded in 2002 that
has developed several
copyright licenses that
are free to the public,
designed to expand
the range of creative
works for others to
In Conclusion, Reflective Practice …
Engages students in deeper-level learning
Can challenge taken-for-granted
Generates social learning when carried out in
a supportive community of student bloggers
Can be creative and emotionally expressive
when learners are engaged in digital storytelling
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