Critical thinking

Creating Experiential Learning Experiences in the Classroom

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In addition to community engagement and problem and project-based learning, experiential learning can occur via a variety of in-class activities. These activities allow students to attain, practice, and demonstrate “real-world” knowledge within a classroom or school setting to cultivate the analytical and communication skills necessary for solving problems that students will confront after leaving school. Participating in authentic learning activities allow students to practice and cultivate skills and knowledge that they will need as professionals once they graduate. In authentic learning environments, instructors step in to coach at critical moments.

Problem-Based Learning vs. Project-Based Learning

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Both problem-based learning and project-based learning are types of experiential learning. Problem-based learning involves critical thinking to examine problems that lack a well-defined answer. In project-based learning, students are challenged to develop a plan and create a product or artifact that addresses the problem. This article delves further into the differences and similarities between these two types of experiential learning.

What is Experiential Learning?

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 Experiential learning is often referred to as “learning by doing.” It is a series of learning activities that comprise both concrete experiences and guided reflections. Students are provided the opportunity to continually distill and integrate knowledge acquired from class with relevant situations and problems.

Defining Critical Thinking: A Primer

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Thinking critically has become a highly desired and often required learning outcome by educational institutions. Critical thinking involves reasoning, making judgments, and problem solving. We do these all the time, but only sometimes in a critical way. This article presents some helpful information for getting started with a critical thinking agenda.

What is Deep Learning?

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Deep learning includes critical and creative thinking. Deep learning requires that students connect their learning to their prior knowledge, examine assumptions, analyze arguments and evidence, and organize content for applying knowledge (Atherton, 2013). Deep learning is the opposite of surface learning which usually involves rote memorization without connecting concepts and facts.