Curricular Experiential Learning Categories
Below are the seven categories of curricular experiential learning at the University of Guelph. This listing includes definitions for each category, along with related examples of current courses/opportunities at the University of Guelph or University of Guelph-Humber. Some examples link to a detailed course profile that can help you better understand why a course has been correlated with a particular category and how it meets the MTCU criteria for experiential learning.
For a more comprehensive overview, you can also download the full Curricular Experiential Learning Typology or the Curricular Experiential Learning categories infographic.
Research conducted by a student under faculty guidance in an academic, industry, or community setting. Students engage in systematic investigation and research in their field and are evaluated by faculty supervisors or staff.
A program comprised of a required number of curated courses that promote specialized knowledge acquisition and skill development through hands-on experience and classroom learning, undertaken alongside a degree.
Certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship
Certificate in Leadership
A program that integrates academic with paid workplace learning and skill development in a relevant field, through alternating work and study terms. Students receive a co-operative education certificate upon completion.
COOP*1000 – Co-op Work Term I
Community Engaged Learning (CEL)
A course that requires students to connect their learning and skill development to theoretical concepts through learning activities designed with a community organization to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
A course that prepares students for professional work through first-hand investigation and analysis in a field location, led by faculty, for part of or the full duration of a semester.
A course or program that requires students to shadow or work under the guidance of a professional, such as a practicum, internship, or externship, in order to gain experience and develop skills related to a field of study.
A course that intentionally integrates activities such as structured projects, laboratory work, design, simulations, performances, case studies, or entrepreneurship to enable students to display their academic learning and skill development.