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By integrating Experiential Learning into your courses, you are enhancing your students' education and experience in your classroom!

Incorporating Experiential Learning

Classroom-Focused Experiential Learning
  • Individual Research Paper
  • Independent Study
  • Group Project
  • Thesis/Dissertation
  • Experiments
  • Labs
  • Demonstrations
  • Creative or Physical Practice
  • Performance Based
  • Case Studies
Community-Focused Experiential Learning
  • Community Partner Project
  • Case Studies
  • Research Project
  • Consulting Project
  • Study Abroad/Exchange
  • Field Experience
Work-Integrated Experiential Learning
  • Practicums
  • Professional Practicums
  • Clinical Placements
  • Capstone
  • Field Experience
  • Field Placements (Short and Long Term)
  • Internships

Experiential Learning and Reflection

An important component in Experiential Learning is Reflection. Reflection is an opportunity for students to not only participate in Experiential Learning, but also to reflect on what they have learned, what they observed and how they applied their learnings practically to their experience. There are numerous formats for reflection including, but not limited to:

  • Journals
  • Portfolios
  • Reports
  • Papers
  • Presentations
  • Interviews
  • Oral reflection
  • Simulations
  • Stories
  • Case studies
  • Role-play

Students can engage in reflection before, during or after their experience. Please see the resources section for tools and templates for student reflection, teaching reflection and assessing reflection.

Timeline for support

Whether you are incorporating Experiential Learning as classroom-based or community-based, both options do take time to plan.

It is best to begin planning at least six months to one year ahead, depending on the format you choose. For example, incorporating classroom-based Experiential Learning may only require a consultation or two with Dr. Thompson to ensure what you are planning does meet all the requirements for Experiential Learning.

If you are planning to incorporate Experiential Learning in the form of a placement or internship, these do require more planning, specifically regarding reaching out to our community partners.

Your first step is to connect with Dr. Thompson to determine a timeline for incorporating Experiential Learning in your course.