Faculty Meeting 9/18/2020

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.- Mark Van Doren

Flashback to last faculty meeting and homework

Experiential Learning components

Student Perspective 

  • Authentic Experience: Students have an opportunity to do something other than listen and take notes, such as solve an authentic real-world problem, carry out an experiment etc.
  • Reflect: Students reflect on the experience so that they can learn about the process of what happened and why it happened during the experience. 
  • Apply new knowledge: Students apply what they have learned through their experiences and reflection to novel scenarios or problems.
  • Produce a product: Students create or develop something that is of value to someone other than only the instructor (outside audience). 
  • Self-Directed Autonomy: Students are given the opportunity to direct their own learning by choosing problems that align with their own interests, designing their own experiments etc.


Lived Experience in Experiential Learning
starring J.E. Johnson and Karen Maness 

True story and Q&A


Teacher Perspective

Our experiential learning is learning by teaching.

  • Authentic Teaching Experience
    Each experiential project can be a module of content delivered and assessed with a live audience of students.
  • Teacher Reflects
    How did that class go? What could I have done more effectively? What kinds of questions did the students ask?  Were students engaged? Active chat?  Cameras on or off? Audio? Did you ask your TA for observations? Did students submit follow up questions or comments? If you wondered if you should change something did you research new ideas? 
  • If something went particularly well, do you know you can add it to the AET Activities Library by contacting Honoria?
  • Apply Changes to Teaching
    Based on your reflection, are you going to change anything?
    Are you going to try any experiments?
  • Product = Teaching
    Our product is a module, assessment technique, a video, a tutorial for students, or shared information with colleagues -- like today!
  • Self-Directed
    Our department welcomes innovation. Isn't that marvelous?


Break Out Room Activity


Reflect on the first month of our Fall 2020 semester.

When you mentally examined a highly successful moment or a moment of surprise did you change something?

  • What did you change? 
  • What was the impact of your change on teaching quality or effectiveness? 
  • How do you gauge the effect on the students?

Reflection and Experimentation are hallmarks of Experiential Learning.




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