Week 2 – Assignment
[WLO: 3] [CLOs: 1, 2]
As you read this week, Kolb noted that experiential learning is the process of learning through experiences. It is typically defined as learning though reflection on doing. More specifically, Kolb notes this as a cycle of four elements. The cycle begins with an experience that the student has had, followed by an opportunity to reflect on that experience. Then students may conceptualize and draw conclusions about what they experienced and observed, leading to future actions in which the students experiment with different behaviors. Before beginning on this assignment read Chapters 3 and 6 in your course textbook and the article “Learning Styles and Learning Spaces: Enhancing Experiential Learning in Higher Education.”
Identify two discussions, assignments, or activities from the ENG121 Course Guide download that directly illustrate or can be explained with reference to experiential learning. (These discussions, assignments, and/or activities may be ones you used in last week’s assignment—and they may be used use again in subsequent weeks—or you may use different examples for different weeks.)
- Describe briefly each discussion, assignment, or activity, including the name and week from where these items were selected.
- Analyze how the discussions, assignments, or activities exemplify, or can be explained in terms of experiential learning.
- Discuss the connection between the identified discussions, assignments or activities and Kolb’s Learning Styles. (Do the activities support any, some, or all of the following learning style preferences? If so how, if not why not?)
- Activist: want practical tasks and very little theory.
- Theorists: want handouts, something to take away and study.
- Reflectors: want lots of breaks to go off and read and discuss.
- Pragmatists: want shortcuts and tips.
- Explain learning style theory with reference to the selected components of the course and offer suggestions on how the discussion, assignment, or activity could have better applied this concept if you find less-than-adequate evidence of an identifiable application of learning styles theory.
- Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages and appendices) and formatted according to APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center sources.
- Must use at least two credible sources, at least one of which is scholarly, in addition to the course text.
- The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you choose to use a credible website as one of your sources, this What is CRAAP? (Links to an external site.) tip sheet can assist you to evaluate the credibility of the website. See as well the Evaluating Sources (Links to an external site.) tutorial from the Ashford University Library. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for an assignment. The Integrating Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial will offer further assistance with including supporting information and reasoning.
- Must apply APA style to document within your writing where you found information, quotes, and research as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s resource on Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style. See the Formatting Your Reference List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.