Experiential Learning

What is it?

  • Experiential learning is the application of theory and academic content to real-world experiences within the classroom, the community or the workplace.
  • It may be undertaken independently or in teams.
  • It advances learning outcomes and encourages reflection and application of skills and knowledge in contexts that prepare students for the workplace and civil society.

Why is it important?

  • Research shows that experiential learning contributes to student engagement, deeper learning, improved academic outcomes and enhanced work and life skills.
  • In September 2017, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) issued its “Guiding Principles for Experiential Learning (EL)” indicating their commitment to “ensuring that every student has at least one EL activity by the time they graduate from a publicly funded postsecondary institution.”

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