Learning By Doing and Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory

According to many experts, students’ learning is optimized when the students take an active rather than passive role in the learning process. This video blog shows that a formatted chain of activities can make the students’ learning process in-line with Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory of four-stage learning cycle. In addition, several examples of the activities appropriate for students in K-16 levels are provided. This video features Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour of the Ingram School of Engineering.

Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory


David Kolb coined the concept of a learning style in the 1960’s and established that everyone learns in a unique way. Experiential Learning Theory explains that an individual starts to develop their learning style from infancy. Therefore we are affected by every experience and influence that surrounds us, from our parents to the physical environment.

Naturally, it makes sense to help students to learn in the same fashion as they did growing up, through direct experience. The process of learning is a dynamic experience that results from continual learning experiences. We must continue to give these experiences to today’s youth to keep our teaching effective.


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By Bahram Asiabanpour, CMfgE, Ph.D.
Ingram School of Engineering
Texas State University