The session will focus on the reflective nature of experiential learning (EL) with particular emphasis on lessons learned from the SoTL research study on the Faculty of Law’s EL Advocacy course. A key component of EL is the practice of reflection in which the student experiences the activity and then reflects on that experience with a view to deepening their understanding of the issue. Reflection can happen in the moment and be considered informal or “formative” or it can be “summative,” requiring formal written reflection. It also involves instructor reflection as part of the relationship between student as learner and instructor as guide.
In this session, participants will
- investigate the role of reflection in EL and
- design a reflection EL exercise and assess its effectiveness.
Session facilitated by: Lisa Silver and Nickie Nikolaou