Experiential Learning at the University of Toronto

The Experiential Learning Hub provides definitions and descriptions of the range of experiential learning types, as well as connections to logistical support and pedagogical and administrative resources that will help you develop and implement new experiential learning opportunities or enhance existing opportunities for students. As a faculty or staff person, you have the opportunity to incorporate experiential learning into course and program curricula, as well as through co-curricular initiatives, and the Hub can support you through this process.

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“We need to reaffirm the enduring value of a broad liberal arts education at the undergraduate level, but also to ask ourselves how we can help our graduates extract the full benefit from that education. We need to demonstrate more clearly how the education we provide prepares our graduates for a lifetime of success and fulfillment, while also contributing to the economic, social and political success of the region, province, nation, and the world.”

President Meric Gertler, Installation Address

Experiential Learning: Your Education in Action

Community engagement includes student interaction with stakeholders for the purpose of providing students with the opportunity to learn through experience and observe how classroom ideas take shape in the world. Stakeholders might include industry, researchers, employers, public or community organizations, as well as community members inside or outside the University.

Disciplinary outcomes include knowledge and competencies that students are expected to learn and that are particular to their area(s) of study.

Competency development includes the development of learning competencies (e.g., learning how to learn), technology competencies (e.g., computer software), and transferable competencies (e.g. critical thinking). The development of general competencies is embedded within the integration of disciplinary outcomes with community engagement. Reflection is integral to this experience as it allows students to consider their learning and the integration of their experience with their academic knowledge.

Experiential Learning Examples