What does it mean to ‘learn how to learn’? Northeastern fireside chat explores the role of technology, virtuality in experiential learning

What does it mean to “learn how to learn,” and how does one go about it? The ability to learn is a core part of what it means to be a human being. But precisely how educators go about fostering learning environments amid the rapid pace of technological change is a question continuously being asked.

In keeping with tradition, it was the subject of a fireside chat at Northeastern on Monday that brought together experts from Northeastern and elsewhere for a robust roundtable discussion. The chat, “Technology-infused Experiential Learning,” was part of Northeastern’s Global Perspectives on Experiential Education series, which examines the role technology plays in experiential learning settings.

Experiential Learning Three People Sitting

Senior Vice Chancellor of Educational Innovation, Connie Yowell moderates a conversation between speakers Leanne Chukoskie and Nick Burbules as part of the Global Perspectives on Experiential Education series in the Egan Research Center in Boston. Speakers discuss the benefits of experience-based learning for motivation, knowledge application, retention, and the social nature of learning. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

The conversation, which was moderated by Connie Yowell, senior vice chancellor of educational innovation within Northeastern’s Office of the Chancellor, veered between high-level theory about different academic approaches to learning, and one expert’s commentary, for example, on the rise in augmented or virtual reality tools in the classroom—in particular, how educators are harnessing developments in the gaming space to shape learning methods.

Continue reading at Northeastern Global News.