Fact Friday: Experiential Learning at U of G

Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019

At U of G we recognize that there is no single way to learn and not everything can be taught in a classroom. This is why we offer MANY experiential learning opportunities to allow you to apply your knowledge outside the classroom, network within your industry, and become more prepared to work in your field after graduation.

We define experiential learning as learning through action and reflection. We break these learning experiences into three main categories: Curricular and course-based, Co-curricular and Extra-curricular.

Curricular and course-based Experiential Learning

For-credit courses and experiences offered through our academic colleges. We currently offer 7 types of curricular experiential learning:

  1. Applied Research Courses – Typically upper-year courses that allow you to conduct research under faculty guidance in an industry or community setting
  2. Certificate Programs – For-credit certificate programs that make excellent additions to any degree program, ie: Certificate in Leadership and Certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship
  3. Co-Operative Education – Allows you to integrate academics with paid workplace learning through alternating work and study terms
  4. Community Engaged Learning Courses – Allow you to work with a community organization to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes
  5. Course-Integrated Experiential Learning – Courses that intentionally include activities such as structured projects, lab work, design, simulations, performances, case studies or entrepreneurship
  6. Field Courses – Typically upper year courses that prepare you for professional work through first-hand investigation and analysis in a field location led by faculty
  7. Professional Practice Courses – Courses or programs that allow you to shadow or work under the guidance a professional to gain skills related to a field of study, ie: internships, externships and practicums

Co-curricular Experiential Learning

Not-for-credit experiences offered through both academic and non-academic departments. There are currently 5 types of co-curricular experiential learning:

  1. Community Engagement Programs – Not-for-credit opportunities to work within the community
  2. Incubator/Accelerator Programs – Programs that allow you to leverage resources, space, mentorship and funding
  3. On-Campus Employment – An employment opportunity with structured learning outcomes and employability skills aligned with job responsibilities
  4. Paraprofessional Placements – Designed to help you develop employability skills through service delivery that contributes to the campus community under the mentorship of professional staff and faculty
  5. Work Study Program – An on-campus job program designed to assist students with demonstrated financial need in working part-time during their registered academic term(s)

Extra-curricular Experiential Learning

On and off campus opportunities that are not validated by the university. Examples of extra-curricular experiential learning include:

  • Not-for-credit Internships
  • Off-campus Employment
  • Student Clubs
  • Student Government
  • Varsity Athletics
  • Volunteering

Over the next few weeks we’ll be outlining specific examples of experiential learning in our various degree programs and majors. Be sure to check back on our website for these articles and to learn what you can look forward to during your time here at Guelph!

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