Lesson Planning: Transforming each Class Session with Kolb’s Cycle

Date(s) - 09/16/2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



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This session is applicable to all course formats: Face-to-face, online, or blended.

This Synchronous workshop takes place online using Zoom. 

High Impact Practices

In 2007, AAC&U’s identified several innovative, “high-impact” practices that were examined for their impact on learning and development. Based on the evidence in 2008,  higher education leaders began recommending that at least two HIPs practices should be experienced by all students. Gains reported from HIPs participation “…has shown persuasively that HIPs improve the quality of students’ experience, learning, retention, and success, particularly for underserved students (Kuh 2008).  Additional research identified HIPS are associated with improved graduation rates and narrowed achievement gaps between racial-ethnic groups. Kinzie (2012) emphasized, “ These kinds of educational experiences are especially powerful for students who may be the first in their family to attend college and those who are historically underserved in postsecondary education.”

Kinzie, J. (Fall 2012). High-Impact Practices: Promoting Participation for All Students. Diversity and Democracy, 15(3). Association of American Colleges and Universities. Washington, D.C.https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/high-impact- practices-promoting-participation-all-students.

Engaging students in any course is both essential and challenging. Embedding High Impact Practices from the list below into your course can yield great gains, especially when they engage students in deeper learning. Explore how to use Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle to frame these high-impact practices into your module or class session to engage students’ curiosity.  Kolb’s Cycle will provide a frame for you to embed these high-impact practices in each module or class session and align them with your course outcomes.  Mapping your class session or module using Kolb’s Cycle will change how you approach content and engagement and will prompt student curiosity and questions, and a need to know more in the first five minutes or start of your module and will sustain their curiosity. Kolb’s Cycle is a highly flexible, adaptable tool that works with any discipline, course format, or teaching method, including lecture, small group learning, problem-based learning, etc.

High Impact Practices

  • First-Year Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • ePortfolios
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses and Projects

In this session you will:

  • Understand and describe the four phases of Kolb’s Cycle
  • Examine multiple disciplinary examples of Kolb’s Cycle.
  • Design a lesson plan using Kolb’s Cycle – Start framing one module or course session with Kolb’s Cycle during the session
  • Integrate Kolb’s Cycle into a high-impact practice from the first day of the course, program, or activity.
  • Critique lesson plans using Kolb’s Cycle.


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