Course Description

This workshop is designed for campus advisors, staff, and academic staff associated with experiential learning activities. Through this session, participants will gain an integrated understanding of Ash & Clayton’s (2009) DEAL model for critical reflection to support students’ consolidating their learning and articulating their skills and outcomes. The DEAL model stands for– Describe, Explain & Articulate Learning. This model provides a practical means for students to undertake critical reflection as part of their experiential or work-integrated learning. It can connect students’ coursework and co-curricular activities in ways that inform their academic and career planning. Workshop participants will learn to define and differentiate the DEAL model steps, will review a selection of prototypes for DEAL reflection exercises, and embark on adapting the model for implementation into their own practice. 

By the end of this workshop, participants will

  • Define and differentiate the steps of the DEAL model – describe, explain and articulate learning
  • Craft or select 5-10 critical reflection prompts according to the DEAL model steps
  • Review a selection of prototypes for DEAL reflection exercises
  • Plan for the adaptation and implementation of the DEAL model into their own practice

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