David A. Kolb is the Chairman of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS), an organization that he founded in 1981 to advance research and practice on experiential learning. EBLS has developed many experiential exercises and self-assessment instruments including the latest Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0 and the Kolb Educator Role Profile, an inventory designed to help educators apply experiential learning principles in their work.

He received his BA in psychology, philosophy and religion at Knox College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He was a professor of organizational behavior and management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior.

He is best known for his research on experiential learning and learning styles described in the new Second Edition of Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Other books include—The Experiential Educator: Principles and Practices of Experiential Learning, How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learning to Transform Your Life, Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation, Innovation in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, and Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach. In addition he has authored many journal articles and book chapters on experiential learning available at David has received several research awards and four honorary degrees recognizing his contributions to experiential learning in higher education.

Keynote: Experiential Learning Theory as a Guide for Educators
Following John Dewey’s call for a theory of experience to guide educational practice; we will outline the foundational principles of Experiential Learning Theory (ELT) by describing our latest research on its core concepts—the learning cycle, learning spaces, learning style, learning flexibility, learning identity and educator roles. We will address how educators can maximize experiential learning for learners of all learning styles by teaching around the learning cycle. Participants will learn about their preferences for the four educator roles involved in this process—Coach, Facilitator, Subject Matter Expert, and Standard Setter/Evaluator by taking the Kolb Educator Role Profile. Our focus will be on how teachers and educational leaders can use ELT concepts to create learning spaces that promote full cycle learning.  Full cycle learning involves teaching around the learning cycle to all learning style types and engaging them in the use of all learning styles to promote deep learning.