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Tuesday, May 12 • 10:45am - 12:05pm
Experiential Activities and Student Safety

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This workshop will explore the purposeful, culturally and personally safe use of experiential learning activities post secondary classrooms.    Activities can take the form of ice-breakers, energizers while also being used as instructional strategies for teaching concepts and providing opportunities for reflection and skill development. The material presented is intended to be used in a typical post secondary classroom as an important augmentation to more traditional instructional strategies and also as central way of engaging students to meet specific course objectives.
Incorporating experiential activities comes with challenges both for students and faculty in a post secondary classroom. Students may be reluctant to take personal risks; they may minimize the relevance of experiential learning or simply feel they are too grown up to play games in class and are too self conscious to participate in role playing activities. Faculty may feel that activities take away from the importance of knowledge transfer and may also feel that they are imposing personal risks on students. Some risk taking or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is essential to all learning, yet genuine concern about student safety with regards to personal disclosure or looking foolish among peers should be included in lesson planning and delivery. For some, play is seen as frivolous; our workshop seeks to disrupt that notion.
To that end, this workshop will explore specific activities and approaches that may mitigate some of these safety concerns and will provide powerful opportunities for social engagement and reflective learning. Key points we will address are that the reflection is the most important part of the experiential learning activity and that the lesson strategies we will cover can be presented and processed in a variety of different ways with a variety of different outcomes.
Participants can expect to come away from the workshop with easy-to-implement tools and activities for active learning engagement with a renewed approach to using experiential learning in safe and meaningful ways. Some of the strategies we will cover are the use of metaphors, challenge by choice, and respect for student diversity. Working with a variety of personal comfort zones will be explored.

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Jay Goddard

Human Service Program Coordinator, Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development, Thompson Rivers University

Tuesday May 12, 2020 10:45am - 12:05pm PDT
Ballroom 3

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