Experiential Learning

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Welcome to the University of Winnipeg Experiential Learning Homepage

Experiential learning is a pedagogy that focuses on engaging and reflecting on experience as the foundation for learning. In educational institutions experiential learning often takes place by creating new out-of-classroom opportunities through field courses, co-op programs, and practicums. Experiential learning is not, however, only about creating out-of-classroom experiences. It can also take place when instructors intentionally create space for students to share and reflect on the experiences that already exist in the classroom. 

The community of individuals and departments at the University of Winnipeg committed to fostering an academic culture that values experiential pedagogy is growing. The broad constellation of projects and initiatives has led to the recognition of the University's Experiential Learning Initiative as a key achievement in UWinnipeg's Strategic Directions. Experiential Learning is identified as a key component of the Academic Excellence and Renewal strategy.


2018-19 Experiential Learning Fund Grant Applications (Deadline March 14, 2018)

Applications are now being accepted from all UWinnipeg faculty for the 2018-19 Experiential Learning Fund. For the purposes of this application, we are defining “experiential learning” in a broad sense, inclusive of student-centered active learning approaches — both on and off campus — that enhance student engagement, success, and retention. Priority will be given to projects that involve the implementation and assessment of experiential curriculum and the development of workshop and teaching initiatives.   

Applications are due by March 14, 2018, and funding decisions will be announced by March 30, 2018. All funds must be spent by March 30, 2019. A total of $30,000 will be awarded.

Applications should be sent to the (Acting) Associate Dean of Arts:  and copied to her assistant, Barbara Foucault,

ELF Details and Application Instructions (pdf)
Application Form (Word)

Experiential Learning Increasingly Popular with University Students

Work-Experience, Experiential Learning, Work-Integrated Learning - known by various names, it is becoming increasingly popular with Canadian university students. It can also be a means of self-discovery. Read more in the University Affairs online feature article "The push to bridge the school-work gap."