Experiential Learning Series

Foundations of Experiential Learning

This series is comprised of introductory workshops for those curious about exploring experiential learning (EL) as a means to facilitate student collaboration and enhance engagement. Each workshop will provide tools and insights to help instructors consider how the EL cycle and assessing student learning through critical reflection can fit into courses they teach.


Small Research BIG GAINS: Sparking Students’ Curiosity Through Research-Centered Teaching and Learning

This course will provide you with the strategies and support necessary to tweak an existing student assignment toward a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE). We’ll focus on how you can tap into student curiosity, mentor a process of discovery, provide for dissemination of student-work, and offer the chance for students to critically reflect. We’ll cover the rationale and benefits of including student-led research tasks and assignments, tools to plan and advance student-led research projects; and we’ll give you an overview of additional supports available through the Taylor Institute and the College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation. CURE provide a rewarding and refreshing way to teach and learn and can be used effectively in online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes.  

Date: May 11, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Introduction to Integrating Learning Objectives

Curious about how to integrate an experiential learning activity into your course or program? This interactive workshop will cover some frameworks and tools that can help you to get started and think about EL from start to end. This is an introductory workshop to provide an overview of Experiential Learning. Through knowledge sharing, this workshop will reveal how meaningful experiential learning (EL) starts with learning objectives (LO) and ends with critical reflection according to Kolb’s EL cycle (1984). Participants will imagine adapting or implementing hands-on EL activities to realize learning objectives that articulate what students will be able to know, do, or achieve. Participants will be guided through the process of developing and aligning course learning outcomes with Kolb’s experiential learning cycle and focus on critical reflection as a means to consolidate and articulate students' learning.

Date: May 18, 2021
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

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Information Session: FUSION Skill Development Program

This information session will provide instructors and staff members with an overview of the FUSION Skill Development Program and how it can be integrated with or offered alongside of an academic course or co-curricular experiential learning program to enhance students’ skill development and provide guided critical reflection. The FUSION Skill Development Program is a 10-hour, online curriculum delivered through D2L. It is designed to enhance student skills development in three areas critical to 21st century success and leadership: metacognition, communication, and problem-solving. The FUSION Skill Development Program is intended to complement and be completed concurrently with students’ experiential learning and/or work-integrated learning, by providing both skill development and guided critical reflection. Students who successfully completed the FUSION curriculum receive a digital badge to recognize their learning.

Date: May 18, 2021
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. 

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Principles of Community Engaged Learning

Why do we engage in learning with community? What do we hope to achieve? How do we engage ethically to create high-impact experiential learning opportunities that benefit both the university and our community partners? These are a few questions that we will address in this introductory workshop to the principles of community engaged learning (CEL). This workshop will provide background on CEL as an educational practice and investigate the principles of reciprocity, accessibility, meaningful engagement, co-education, and partnership. Participants will interrogate their assumptions about working with community, engage with community perspectives, and gain a more holistic understanding of what it means to partner with community for learning. This workshop is ideal for faculty or staff that are new to community engaged learning or are thinking about designing a CEL course or incorporating CEL into an existing course.

Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Introduction to UCalgary's Experiential Learning Platform (Orbis)

The University of Calgary seeks to make Experiential Learning a cornerstone of the UCalgary experience by 2025. In Winter 2021, we launched a platform to increase the visibility of EL activities, support administration of EL programs at a larger scale, and track metrics related to EL. This session provides an overview of UCalgary’s Orbis platform with a focus on the using the Experiential Catalogue to promote opportunities and the Experiential Module to track or manage activities. Along with a workflow demonstration, it will showcase existing uses of the platform and demonstrate the data that is available to users.

Date: June 3, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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