Experiential learning – or learning by doing – is an important element in taking learning beyond the classroom and engaging in real world experiences. Today’s youth need to be more agile and entrepreneurial to be successful in a 21st century workplace – and technology is part and parcel of this brave new world.
The combination of technology and experiential education is, at its core, an attempt to future-proof today’s learners to thrive in an uncertain future. Today, the thoughtful integration of technology can be used to enhance experiential learning, helping to link theory with practice and develop valuable, lifelong skills and strategies.
Here are some examples of how technology can be used in experiential learning.
Online technologies allow students to collaborate (an important aspect of experiential learning) with students and teachers through instant messaging and online writing, valuable for questions and sharing new discoveries.
The development of digital resources that support students with the curriculum and the learning outcomes planned for the experience, with access to these resources where or whenever needed.
Technology allows us to document components of the learning experience for reflection and analysis using various froms of media, includingvideo, sound and photography.GPS is also a highly effective tool for fieldwork.
Digital game-based learning
This type of learning can be highly motivating and engaging for young people, particularly boys, to discover meaning. For example, the use of software models that replicate real-world conditions.
However, experiential education certainly isn’t limited to high-tech tools. Students should also be empowered through opportunities in unfamiliar environments, gaining the knowledge and skills required of alternate contexts. In other words, the opportunity to operate in a technology-free space with ‘old school’ tools can also provide a highly effective learning environment.
Students thrive when supported with constant practical feedback, often from the very tools they wield, rather than the grades they receive. It is immersion in a practical and reflective environment that helps them form an understanding of themselves and the world around them.
To learn more about experiential learning at The Scots College, download our Glengarry handbook for further insight.