Learning Strategy: Experiential/Hands On Learning


Experiential Learning is the "process of learning through experience, more specifically, designed as learning through reflection on doing" (Kolb Experiential Learning Model). This learning strategy provides opportunities for students to "learn by doing." Experiential learning gives students the chance to practice real life, applicable skills and shape their experience into meaningful, authentic learning. Experiential learning is most often used on college campuses with student employees and leaders.

Learning Strategies this can be confused with

  • Role playing/simulations: is conducted in a "not real world" setting
  • Peer teaching, collaboration, or facilitation: the focus is on the peer teacher
  • Field experience: the location matters and is essential

Resources to learn more about this strategy

McLeod, Saul. Kolb's Learning Styles and Experiential Learning Cycle | Simply Psychology. Rep. N.p., 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 15 May 2017.

Experiential Learning >> Center for Learning and Teaching | Boston University. (n.d). Retrieved from http://www.bu.edu/ctl/guides/experiential-learning/

Guide to facilitating effective experiential learning activities - experience-based training methods-learner-centered development |. (n.d). Retrieved from http://www.businessballs.com/experiential_learning.htm

Wurdinger, D. D., & Carlson, J. A. (2010). Teaching for experiential learning: Five approaches that work. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

  • Examples at USD
  • Living, Learning Community Trolley Tutorial
  • Associated Students Senators/Budget Committee/Traffic Court
  • Mulvaney Center Youth Engagement Initiative Tutors/Mentors
  • Healthy Relationships/Sexual Violence Peer Educators
  • UFMC Rainbow Educators
  • All Student Employees on campus

Sample Activity

Student Employment/Internships

Rev. 8/25/17

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