Experiential Learning at the University of Guelph

At the University of Guelph, we define experiential learning as a pedagogical practice whereby students gain new knowledge, skills and abilities by intentionally applying their classroom learning in a workplace or simulated workplace setting. Experiential learning opportunities are grounded in an intentional learning cycle with clearly defined learning outcomes. They engage students actively in creating knowledge and critically reflecting on their experiences, fostering a deeper understanding of how they can utilize what they have learned and the skills they have developed in future endeavours. 

The goal of the Experiential Learning team is to facilitate the continued growth, development and coordination of experiential learning opportunities at the University of Guelph. We support students, departments and colleges, industry partners and community organizations with the design and implementation of a diverse range of curricular and co-curricular experiential learning activities. As a coordinating body, we serve as the catalyst for moving new projects forward while offering support for current activities. 

Benefits of working with us:

  • We are a central contact for anyone wanting to learn about experiential learning.

  • We can share resources and offer support during program development to facilitate success, avoid pitfalls and increase efficiency.

  • We are committed to strengthening community and industry relations, and helping partners to benefit from the ingenuity and enthusiasm of our students.

  • We want to offer more opportunities for students to connect with industry and community, to develop transferable skills, and reinforce their classroom learning.

  • We can share best practices relating to all forms of experiential learning.

  • We track, assess, and promote experiential learning at the University of Guelph.

To learn more about our Experiential Learning strategy please refer to the infographic and report on experiential learning.

Experience Profiles

  • Jack graduated from the University of Guelph with a major in History and a minor in Philosophy. He was a Peer Helper and in a curricular context, took multiple experiential courses which were project and research based.