Tips for Success

  • Clearly articulate learning outcomes: How does the experiential activity connect to the learning outcomes of the course?
  • Ensure students coming into the course understand that there is an experiential learning component and any additional expectations that will accompany this (i.e. expenses, time, different kind of experience that might be challenging)
  • Integrate experiential learning activities into the course in a holistic way (time, space, evaluation)
  • Develop clear and transparent evaluation processes and criteria
  • Identify potential risks and ways to avoid them (may need to acquire consent forms from interview participants; may need to be exposed to weather conditions; students may be placed under stressful situations)
  • Equip students with necessary knowledge and skills in order to participate in the experiential activity
  • Provide appropriate time for reflection on the experience and sharing of perspectives
  • Collaborate with faculty members on developing interactive experiential learning engagements for students combining perspectives from various courses
  • Consult the Educational Development Centre and this website on Experiential Education for further information and support

Interesting Links

UNESCO – Guidelines for Experiential Learning