Analysis Of David Kolb 's Theory Model

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In 1974, American educational theorist, David Kolb, published his learning theory model. He believed “learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (Kolb 1984). His model included a four stage cycle where a learner engages in an activity, reflects on the encounter, gains skills or knowledge from the experience, and then implements the new abilities (Figure 1a). This is the process of experiential learning. It is an engaged and active process promoting learning by doing. The experiential learning model has been quite successful in higher education. It serves as a bridge between the classroom and the professional world. Benefits to students include confidence and clarity about career…show more content…
The project utilizes a virtual team approach with members remotely located in various locations. This presents unique challenges, but virtual teams in real world contexts are able to overcome barriers in similar ways to face to face teams. It is suggested to develop virtual work spaces where team members have clear goals, are required to communicate with each other, and accept the possibility of working with current team members again in the future (Thorley 2016). Much of the project work is coordinated through conference calls. The team at SUU acts as note takers on these calls. Note taking is a mentally demanding task. Time urgency in selecting key points and recording them while trying to comprehend new information places significant demands on components of working memory. Note taking requires more effort than reading or learning (Piolat et al 2005). This task presented challenges for the assigned note takers. Many of the calls focused on programming decisions, developmental challenges, and strategic goals of the application. Often, the subject matter of calls was complicated due to unfamiliar topics discussed using technical terminology. It was also a new assignment for the note takers to take notes on professional calls for others to reference. Their previous note taking experience was limited to taking notes for personal use in an academic setting. Upon first assignment of note taking, the research assistants would listen to the call live
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