Why Experiential Learning?

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 designed with experiential learning outcomes in mind can have a number of potential benefits for learners, including:

  1. learning about contemporary workplace practices and demands;
  2. developing and strengthening key employability skills in demand by today's employers;
  3. learning how to be self-reflective and to engage in reflective practices;
  4. clarifying career aspirations and personal goals;
  5. better understanding how to work well with diverse others, particularly in team settings;
  6. becoming more self-aware and cognizant of personal strengths and areas for development;
  7. learning how to manage one's personal time and commitments; and
  8. understanding how to develop and nurture personal networks and resources.

Take a look at some research on Experiential Learning undertaken by the University of Guelph.

Experience Profiles

  • Emerson is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph. During his undergrad he was involved in experiential learning opportunities such as community engaged learning courses, undergraduate research assistantship (URA), a peer helper role and independent research. These opportunities helped define his academic path and led him to pursue a Masters degree.