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Experiential learning is focused on the process of learning—rather than end product—through experience, reflection, and application.




The focus of experiential learning is on the process of learning rather than the product. In experiential learning, work is tied to real-world problems with the instructor acting as the facilitator—rather than the director—of the learning process.

One essential piece of experiential learning is the coalescence of the three phases that are core to its process: experience, reflection, and application. The last two phases of reflection and application are what differentiate experiential learning from other forms of hands-on education, sometimes referred to as “learning by doing” models. The process of reflection and application—or re-application—is where the power of experiential education lies.

The iterative process that emerges in experiential education deepens students’ learning as they engage with multiple parts of their being (intellectual, emotional, physical), and failure is integrated as a tool that is essential to learning. Experiential learning requires and holds space for students and teachers alike to take risks, make decisions, and build relationships, all the while being encouraged to explore their creativity and hold space for the uncertainty that is inherent in the process of experiential learning.
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