Undergraduate Research as Experiential Learning

 Focusing Strategies for Courses and Programs

Empower your learners through hands-on experience. Experiential learning — or learning by doing — engages students and helps them develop the problem-solving skills and sophisticated thinking necessary to solve real world problems. International experiential learning expert, Dr. John Willison, PhD, from the University of Adelaide, Australia, will present relevant  frameworks, processes and resources to inspire you to develop and/or adapt experiential learning activities in your courses and programs.    

During the keynote, Dr. Willison will outline his array of experiential learning and undergraduate research tools. Some of the topics covered will include: designing curriculum with a focus on integrating experiential learning, using frameworks for work-integrated learning and research, and leveraging critical reflection and other forms of evaluation and assessment.   

At the end of the session, you will be able to:   

  • Connect relevant experiential learning frameworks and tools to your course or program according to disciplinary agendas.    

  • Conceptualize or develop one or more experiential learning activities to use in your course and/or program.    

  • Understand the supports offered by UCalgary’s Office of Experiential Learning to advance experiential learning activities across campus.   

This event was sponsored by the Office of Experiential Learning (Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning), the Werklund School of Education, the Cumming School of Medicine and the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research).   

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