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Cycle of Inspired Learning

A key aspect of inspired learning is experiential learning. This is a process that combines hands-on experiences with intention, integration and reflection to provide students with new perspectives and excitement for learning.

Experiential learning should develop disciplinary skills, foster boundary-crossing competencies and inspire habits of lifelong learning. This is best achieved when quality experiences are accompanied with intention, integration and reflection.

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  • Approach experience with purpose and forethought.

    ASK YOURSELF:

    • What do I want to get out of my college experience?
    • What goals do I have for the future?
    • What kinds of experiences will help me achieve what I want?

    IDENTIFY WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE:

    Make a list of the skills and knowledge you already have. This will help you see the gap in your experience.

    TAKE ACTION:

    Start thinking about the types of experiences that will give you the skills and knowledge to reach your desired results.

  • Align your desired results with the expectations of the experience provider

    INTEGRATION INCLUDES:

    • Searching for an experience
    • Aligning expectations of the experience
    • Proactively searching out unanticipated opportunities in an experience

    ASK YOURSELF:

    • Will this experience help me get to my desired outcome?
    • Will I discover new likes and dislikes?
    • Will I learn new ways of approaching problems?

    TAKE ACTION:

    Write down the things that the experience provider expects of you. Identify how well these job responsibilities get you to your desired outcome.

  • Identify what you learned.

    ASK YOURSELF:

    • What did I like or dislike about my experience?
    • What were my strengths and weaknesses?
    • What did I learn that will shape my next experience?

    DETERMINE IF YOUR DESIRED OUTCOMES WERE MET:

    Look back on your experience and evaluate if your desired outcomes were met. Determine if you fulfilled your responsibilities and proactively sought new tasks. Be able to articulate your experience and explain where you came from and where you ended up.

    TAKE ACTION:

    Establish new outcomes that you want to search out because of your experience.