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.


Using Authentic Assessment in Experiential Learning

Experiential learning often emphasizes learning objectives like problem based learning, metacognition and collaboration. These outcomes requires unique assessment methods to ensure that students are acquiring these intended experiential learning skills and competencies. In this workshop, participants will explore the 8 principles of authentic assessment in order to help design an effective experiential learning assessment method for their classes or programs. Participants will also engage in hands-on exercises to develop or refine an assessment rubric for their own EL activities.

Date: October 27, 2020
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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Defining Critical Reflection and Designing Effective Reflection Prompts

Effective critical reflection is the root of meaningful experiential learning and is the bridge between students doing something and students learning from that doing. In this workshop, participants will explore Ash & Clayton’s (2009) DEAL model for critical reflection which aligns reflection prompts to course learning outcomes. Examples of various critical reflection style assignments will be reviewed to encourage participants to think about how to design their own critical reflection assignments that meets the overall course or program objectives.

Date: November 24, 2020
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m. 

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Additional sessions


Remote Work-Integrated Learning: Doing Professional Practice During a Pandemic

Students and practitioners from Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) programs at UCalgary reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by the disruption to face-to-face internships and clinical placements as a result of the coronavirus. In this roundtable, panelists share how they responded, what worked, and what learning we can apply to WIL programs in the future.

Date: October 1, 2020
Time: 1 -2 p.m.

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Undergraduate Research as Experiential Learning

Research isn’t always considered under the umbrella of experiential learning, but research projects provide rich opportunities for learning through doing. In this session, the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) will share their learning from a remote research term, drawing on feedback and data from participating students and research supervisors. Faculty members are invited to learn how they can be involved as PURE research supervisor.

Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 1 - 2 p.m. 

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