Launched by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) in October 2018, the $50,000 Carleton University Experiential Learning Fund provides faculty, instructors and learning support staff with financial support to integrate experiential learning components into academic courses or programs at Carleton.

In February 2019, seven faculty were awarded funding to develop or enhance course or program level initiatives with experiential learning components.

  • Prof. Deborah Conners (Sociology and Anthropology) is developing a new international study course. The SOCI 3210/3220: Working Toward a Violence-Free Society in Nepal course will give students a service learning opportunity to work with the Women’s Foundation Nepal, which provides supports to women and children who have experienced violence. Students will build on their sociological knowledge in the Winter semester before travelling to Nepal for four weeks in the Spring semester where they will volunteer for the Foundation.
  • Prof. Melissa Frankel (Philosophy) is developing a new fourth-year seminar where students will consider the philosophy of education and survey specific approaches for teaching philosophy with various age groups. Students will then lead philosophical discussions with students at a local elementary school.
  • Prof. Julie C. Garlen (Interdisciplinary Studies) is developing two new experiential learning courses. Experiential Learning in Childhood and Youth Studies will give students an opportunity to work with children and/or youth in a campus or community setting, and Service Learning in Community Settings, a new year-long practicum, will replace the current single-term practicum.
  • Prof. Dominique Marshall (History) is connecting students in her History of Humanitarian Aid course with an Ottawa-based international humanitarian organization. Students will work in groups to prepare a historical document for one of eight non-governmental organization partners of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History.
  • Profs. Matthew Sorley, Cheryl Harasymchuk and Anne Bowker (Psychology) are developing Experiential Learning Modules that can be integrated into any First-Year Seminar offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The module content will be shared online between instructors and allow for the development of a template that can be used to develop additional modules.
  • Profs. Matthew Sorley and Danay Novoa (Psychology) are developing and piloting a series of experiential learning modules for students enrolled in the tutorial sections of Introduction to Psychology. The exercises will include psychology work simulations and case studies and will emphasize blended learning, alumni involvement and skills that are associated with success at university and beyond.
  • Prof. Julia Wallace (Physics) is introducing a new experiential learning component to her third-year modern physics course, where students will undertake a six-hour hands-on experiential learning activity at the Ionizing Radiation Standards Lab of the National Research Council in Ottawa.