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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING (UofC)


What is it?

Eexeriential Learning (EL) is learning-by-doing that bridges knowledge and experience through critical reflection. Using intentionally designed and assessed activities, EL enables students to increase understanding, challenge and advance perspectives, clarify values, develop and hone their skills, and promote new ways of thinking and doing.

Who is it for?

Instructors at the University of Calgary.

What can it do?

High quality experiential learning experiences align with the PEAR framework:
  • Pedagogy
  • Experience
  • Assessment
  • Reflection

The Experiential Learning Plan for the University of Calgary (2020-25) identifies five categories and 28 EL activities. These are types of EL when they contain all components of the PEAR:

Co-Curricular EL (CCEL)
  • Competitions, accelerators, incubators, on-campus employment, professional development programs, supported volunteer experiences, among others

Community-Engaged LEarning (CEL)
  • Community-based research, Knowledge-Keeper guided learning experiences, ceremonial-based learning experiences, co-curricular community engaged learning, among others

Curriculum-Integrated EL
  • Case studies, creative performance, entrepreneurship courses, experimentation, field schools, cross-cultural learning experiences, role plays, among others

Research-Based EL
  • Course-based, faculty-led or individual research projects, Research assistantships, among others

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)
  • Cooperative education, internships, professional clinical practice (including practica)






Is it University approved?

This resource is provided by the the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary.  





Kaipainen, R., Braun, R. and Arseneault, R. (2020). Experiential Learning Plan for the University of
        Calgary (2020-25) [pdf].
Calgary: University of Calgary, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from https://ucalgary.ca/provost/sites/default/files/EL%20Plan%202020-25.pdf
        (accessed 17 August 2020).

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (2020). Experiential Learning. University of Calgary. Retrieved from https://taylorinstitute.ucalgary.ca/experiential-learning-continuity (accessed 17 August 2020).
 
Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning (2020). Experiential Learning.  University of Calgary. Retrieved from
        https://www.ucalgary.ca/provost/teaching-learning/experiential-learning (accessed 17 August 2020).