Title: Connecting Affective, Cognitive, and Experiential Dimensions in Student Learning
Presenter: Ronald (Ron), J. Chenail, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Family Therapy
Description: Researchers on student experiences repeatedly find successful learning outcomes involve the ability of teachers to manage the affective, cognitive, and experiential dimensions of student learning. By designing course activities that connect students and teachers through all three elements--affective (e.g., how students feel about their developing skills and knowledge and themselves), cognitive (e.g., how students develop their knowing abilities), and experiential (e.g., how students gain skills through doing) teachers can construct interactive and supportive teacher-to-student and student-to-student relationships that incorporate experiential learning early in the educational experience. Given the complexity of students’ learning experiences it is paramount teachers work towards creating supportive, social learning environment so students can master learning outcomes while they also manage their learning anxieties.