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Summer Institute 2017: Experiential Learning

July 18, 2017 — July 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM — 4:00 PM

Location:482 Discovery Centre MacOdrum Library

Facilitators: Eileen Harris (EDC), Nectaria Karagiozis (EDC), Morgan Rooney (EDC), Anthony Marini (EDC)

Perhaps the single most pressing question that instructors struggle with from year to year is “How do I get my students more engaged with and interested in the content I’m teaching?” One promising, powerful concept that can help us to re-imagine our teaching and assessment practices is experiential learning, or, as defined by the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence, “…learning that is based on students being directly involved in a learning experience rather than their being recipients of ready-made content in the form of lectures.”

This summer, the EDC wants to help faculty and contract instructors introduce experiential learning into a course (existing or in development) in ways that are informed by both educational research and the concrete practice of your peers. As they work towards designing an experiential learning experience, participants will take part in hands-on activities and receive feedback from facilitators and peers as they hone their abilities to:

  • Create an experiential learning opportunity that aligns with their course’s learning outcomes;
  • Design learning and assignment activities using effective practices for experiential learning; and
  • Develop assessment strategies and tools to evaluate experiential learning.

This program consists of three sessions that run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 18–20. A light lunch will be provided.

Space is limited, so please register in advance by filling out the form below.