Why Experiential Learning

At the University of Guelph, experiential learning is a pedagogical practice whereby students gain new knowledge, skills and abilities due to the intentional application of classroom learning in campus, community or workplace settings. Experiential learning opportunities are grounded in an intentional learning cycle and clearly defined learning outcomes, and engage students actively in creating knowledge and critically reflecting on their experiences, allowing them to understand how to transfer their knowledge and skills to future endeavours.

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.

Student Profiles

  • Kayla is a co-op student at the University of Guelph who is highly enagaged 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.