Recognizing the benefits of learning through experience, attention to students’ experiences of learning outside the traditional classroom is increasing.
Nationally, the Business/Higher Education Roundtable proposed that “100% of Canadian postsecondary students benefit from some form of work-integrated learning prior to graduation” (BHER, 2016, Pg. 9).
Similarly, at the provincial level, in Ontario the Premier’s Expert Panel on the Highly Skilled Workforce recommended that “every student has at least one experiential learning opportunity by the time they graduate from post-secondary education” (2016, Pg. 27).
In advancing experiential learning opportunities across higher education, considerations of access and accessibility must be an important priority (BHER, 2016; Expert Panel on Youth Employment, 2016).
A number of barriers can keep students from engaging in learning outside the traditional setting. Recognizing and understanding these barriers is the first step to supporting inclusive access for all students.
This resource includes information on:
- Student groups with low participation rates in experiential education.
- Barriers to students’ engagement in learning outside the classroom.
- Strategies for enhancing participation.
- Future questions to be considered in supporting students’ access to learning through experience.