Experiential Learning: It’s been happening for years

Joe Henry, It's Not Academic, May 09, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Experiential learning is not new, argues Joe Henry. It has been happening for years. " students have for generations, accessed and created a myriad of co-curricular, extra-curricular and work opportunities on campus that have allowed them to develop the skills necessary to think about their coursework in different ways or gain the experience necessary for that first job post-graduation." I agree. My experiential learning included five years as a staff member on the student newspaper, participation in academic conferences, and any number of other campus activities. But - and this is key - these almost all took place outside my courses. Which is why we need to think of an online education as involving a lot more than just a bunch of online courses.
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