Experiential Learning : Lessons from a Monastery

Shamini Ramanujan | Athabasca University

Presentation | Monday, May 6 at 10:45 am – 12:00 pm | LIB 312

Experiential learning is learning by doing but in a teaching environment that is increasingly occurring online it becomes challenging but not impossible for educators to create an experiential learning environment that can promote purpose, meaning, relevance for both the educator and learner. This paper suggests approaches used five monks who teach online. Their belief system influences how these monks create experiential teaching and learning opportunities online. By combining modern instructional design techniques and ancient wisdom, these educators take up the responsibility of transferring their own verified and experiential knowledge and textual knowledge of their belief system to their learners.