Thursday, July 10: Using the Kolb Learning Cycle effectively in teaching.

In 1984 David Kolb (Professor Emeritus from the Weatherhead School of Management) published his learning styles and learning cycle model that is now used widely all over the world. The cycle comprises four different stages of learning: concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization and active experimentation. In the ideal learning environment, all four of these stages must be incorporated for the most successful learning to take place.

But what does each of these stages entail? How should we plan our courses, and even our classes, to take advantage of the learning benefits Kolb insists will occur?

During this session we will discuss these questions, and offer examples of ways in which instructors can use Kolb's ideas and framework to improve classroom instruction - and most importantly, student learning.

Please join us for this discussion from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).

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