King's Education Conference 2024

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Session Title: Inclusive Experiential Learning: What works in creative industries education?

Presented by: Mabel Machado, Trish Scott and Estrella Sendra

Experiential learning pedagogy allows students to acquire knowledge and refine skills that can be readily applied in professional settings. Its focus on practice and creativity holds the promise of generating meaningful classroom interactions and learning, preparing students better for the reality of work. As the cultural and the creative industries become increasingly competitive, courses and other educational initiatives with a focus on practice constitute a unique opportunity to facilitate a fairer incorporation of graduates into the labour market, and to tackle diversity and inclusion (D&I) challenges in the UK’s cultural and creative economy (ACE, 2021; Ali et al. 2022; Comunian et al, 2024). Based on two years of designing, planning, and delivering practice-oriented curricula at the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries, the authors propose three initiatives with the potential of enhancing experiential learning while simultaneously contributing to wider efforts to promote D&I in the sector. These are: inclusive content curation, solutions-oriented assessment, and Open Space methodology. The authors explain the process of developing these initiatives with reference to Kolb’s (1984) model of experiential learning, offering concrete pathways to strengthen the connections between the classroom and the world of work with inclusion at the centre.
Period13 Jun 2024
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Education
  • Inclusion
  • EDI
  • Experiential Learning
  • Experience
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Creativity
  • Practice