Experiential Learning

The Experiential Learning (EL) Lunch & Learn Series is facilitated by on-campus experts to share our collective knowledge and to discuss EL approaches across disciplines.

2020 EL Lunch & Learn Series


Leveraging Experiential Learning to Empower Graduate Students Towards Their Future Careers

A common challenge faced by universities today includes supporting graduate students as they transition into a myriad of careers in a rapidly evolving labour market. Experiential Learning (EL) is one means of addressing these challenges as it can bridge knowledge and experience, and result in increased understanding and adaptability, the development of new knowledge and skills, and the promotion of new ways of thinking and doing. This session will present two unique programs available to University of Calgary graduate students, the Transformative Talent Internship and Summer Incubator programs, and will discuss how the University of Calgary EL definition and typology is being applied to enhance the learning from these programs to better prepare graduate students for their future careers.

Feb. 6 | 12 – 1 p.m.

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Community Engaged Learning for Social Action

Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies has a long history of facilitating successful community engaged learning opportunities. Recently we have been working with our long-time community collaborators on the design of a Research to Social Action (R2SA) Hub meant to formalize, facilitate, and strengthen the relationships among UCalgary, community partners, and policy makers with the goal of effecting tangible, positive social change in the Calgary community. We will discuss the development of the R2SA Hub model and the protocols and guidelines we have begun to develop in partnership with our faculty, students, and community partners.

Mar. 16 | 12 – 1 p.m.

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Work Experience Gets Jobs

A survey of Schulich School of Engineering 2017 graduates was conducted in late 2018. Students with work experience are 25% more likely to gain employment than those without work experience.  60% of respondents without work experience found employment while 85% of respondents with work experience had jobs. Internship is a key factor in graduate success, let us explain the program and how we’ve seen significant growth over the last 4 years.

April 2 | 12 - 1 p.m. 

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