January 27, 2015

Experiential Education Courses

Our Experiential Learning courses are designed to develop knowledge and conceptual understanding of topics that are specifically related to community based field work.  The purpose of these courses is to support the integration of theory and practice whilst fostering personal and professional development.  Through participating in organised community engagement activities, students will better understand course content and gain a broader appreciation of the topic overall.

These courses are based on an experiential learning model.  Experiential education is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing.”

Experiential learning can exist with limited input from a teacher as it relates primarily to the process of the students direct experience.  This process includes:

  • knowledge–the concepts, facts, and information acquired through formal learning and past experience;
  • activity–the application of knowledge to a “real world” setting; and
  • reflection–the analysis and synthesis of knowledge and activity to create new knowledge

CIEEL offers varied options:

i) Integrated course: Education course integrated with simultaneous fieldwork

ii) Staged course: Distance online learning followed by a personal contact fieldwork

iii) Special course – Interactions with Hindu and Buddhist cultures

iv) Special course – English / Hindi Language Learning Program