Design an Experiential Learning Opportunity

Experiential learning opportunities engage students in learning by doing. This allows for development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will prepare them for the world of work and for active engagement in community capacity building.

Courses and co-curricular activities designed with experiential learning outcomes in mind can have a number of potential benefits for learners, including:

  1. Exposure to current workplace practices and demands;
  2. Developing and strengthening employability skills in-demand by employers;
  3. Learning how to be self-reflective and aware of personal strengths and areas for growth;
  4. Clarifying personal, academic, and career goals;
  5. Practising working with diverse people, particularly through teamwork and collaboration;
  6. Learning how to manage one's personal time and commitments; and
  7. Developing networks and resources.

Resources and Frameworks for Developing Experiential Learning

Experience Profiles

  • Kayla is a co-op student at the University of Guelph who is highly engaged on campus with organizations like the College of Business and Economics Students Association (CBESA), College of Business and Economics Dean's Office and JDCC Guelph. Kayla is also involved in the local community Special Olympics and Movember Foundation. During her Co-op terms Kayla worked at Keyspire, University of Guelph Department of Athletics and Kellogg's Canada.