Experiential Learning

Experiential education refers to the process of actively engaging students in their own learning. It is a pedagogy that asks students to participate and to collaborate in their academic classes; students choose to be active in genuine and guided conversations, in designing research projects, in solving math problems, completing science experiments, staging debates, writing to politicians and authors—the possibilities are endless when the institution has committed to active learning. In an active classroom, students are taught to ask questions rather than to answer them. They are expected to exceed the minimum requirements and to find for themselves those topics about which they are passionate and therefore will be fully engaged. The class runs on curiosity and inquiry, and the student is expected to lead the way. There is a Chinese proverb that summarizes the theory of active learning:

“Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I may remember.
Involve me and I will understand.”

                        -Chinese Proverb