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.

Experiential Learning Committee and Affiliates

ELC FALL Meetings schedule: 2018

1) Planning meeting: Friday, October 19, 1230-130 3C12 (with coffee)

2) Conference and showcase afternoon: Friday, November 16, 1-3 3C12 (coffee and light refreshments)

Recipients of Experiential Learning Funding (2018-19) will present their projects and progress, so that colleagues can appreciate the details of particular projects and also gain a sense of the range of projects that fall under the rubric of experiential learning.

(note: ELF award recipients will be contacted with further information to explain plans for the afternoon).
The meetings are expected to bring together any and all interested in experiential learning from across our university, from various disciplines and faculties.

We are contacting you directly with this notice of meetings if you have been affiliated in these ways:

  • serving as an active member of the experiential learning committee in past years;
  • serving on the experiential learning award selection committee;
  • applying for experiential learning awards;
  • inquiring about experiential learning developments.

The meetings are open to all who are interested, so please ask colleagues. Notice of meetings will be circulated to advise of times and dates to build the community of participants

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."