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. These opportunities prepare students to lead and respond to change and thrive in an increasingly complex world (University of Calgary, 2020). There are five categories of EL at the University of Calgary. Team projects can happen across all categories:
- Community-Engaged Learning
- Curriculum-Integrated EL
- Research-Based EL
- Work-Integrated Learning
- Co-Curricular EL
The Experiential Learning Cycle
The Government of British Columbia's New Curriculum resource on critical and reflective thinking as a core competency.
A resource from Queen's University Experiential Learning Hub. Ash & Clayton’s (2009) DEAL Model for Critical Reflection is frequently cited as a guiding theoretical framework for strategic engagement in the reflective process. The framework describes reflection as a three step process.