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Welcome to San Antonio for the 2016 National eXtension Conference.
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Friday, March 25 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Building More Reflection and Engagement into your Teaching and Programming

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Reflection is essential for learning. In order to “make meaning” of an experience, the learner must have opportunity to reflect on, or process the experience.  As educators wanting to help program participants transfer the learning or the training experience into real-world application, we must be intentional about both engaging the learner and creating opportunity for meaningful reflection.  

This workshop will provide a variety of strategies and tools to help you increase engagement and reflection in workshops and programs, and to facilitate participatory evaluation which can be used for program improvement. (Note that 'reflection' is often used interchangeably with the terms debriefing, processing, reviewing, or reflective learning).

The tools have been used successfully with adults and youth, and participants will receive a CD compilation of all 3 booklets published. They reflect multiple intelligences and various learning styles. In an upbeat, fun learning environment, participants will actively engage in individual, small and large group experiences, with reflective learning tools that take 20 minutes or less.

It is vital that we see reflection not as that 'thing' that comes at the end of a workshop or program, but something intentional we do throughout our programs to create meaning and value in learning.

Learning Objectives

- understand the critical role of reflective learning and gain new strategies for building reflection opportunities into individual or group learning experiences

-  experience tested, successful, “hands-on” activities that can be used to build reflection, incorporate participatory evaluation, & strengthen engagement

- enhance their educational design and facilitation skills, using

Experiential approaches that support transfer of learning

Participants will hear research from the following (as well as others): Pyramid of Program Quality - David P. Weikart Center; Experiential Learning Model (https://www.bookstores.umn.edu/viewProduct.cgi?productID=35570#.VoVZjU3rupp); Redmond, S., & Dolan, P. (2014) Towards a conceptual model of youth leadership development. Child & Family Social Work.


Anita Harris Hering

University of MN Extension

Betsy Olson

University of MN Extension

Anne Stevenson

University of MN Extension

Friday March 25, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Rio Grande Center

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