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Assessing Experiential Learning: Reflecting on Best Practice

February 10, 2017

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This workshop will focus on the use of reflection in three different forms of experiential learning namely, simulated learning, work placement and internships, using real case studies. The workshop will begin with a presentation on the use of reflection in each of these three scenarios, highlighting the practical and conceptual issues that can arise and potential solutions.The workshop will then be facilitated by an external expert in the use of reflective assessment of, for and as experiential learning.

The focus of the workshop will be to generate valid, reliable forms of reflective assessment of experiential learning in the context of the 3 case studies presented, as well as considering best practice in this emerging area. The facilitator will lead discussions on matters including challenges in the measurement of experiential learning, the possibilities and limitations in the use of reflection, the necessity to ensure any reflection is both a reliable and valid method of assessment whilst also facilitating learning and self-development.

The case-studies will be viewed through the lens of Dewey’s theory of experiential learning in order to generate discussion and debate on the framing of experiential learning. The key outcome in this interactive workshop is to discuss, explore and indeed reflect upon current best practice in the assessment of experiential learning.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the seminar participants will be able to:

  1. Consider how to assess and what to assess in experiential learning with a particular focus on the potential of reflection in various forms
  2. Determine the importance of assessing the process of reflection rather than the content of the reflection
  3. Recognise what is required to ensure reliability, validity and educational impact in using reflection as an assessment tool
  4. Develop and evaluate a reflective assessment model for use in experiential learning

Target Audience

Fellow academics nationwide involved in the assessment of experiential learning


Presentation of 3 case studies followed by an interactive workshop


Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Letterkenny, Donegal Ireland
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