What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential Learning (EL) is a pedagogical approach to help facilitate learning through the application of theory to a concrete experience and requires individuals to reflect upon their learning. Experiential Learning provides rich learning opportunities within the classroom, the community, or workplace, advancing the learning outcomes of a course or academic program while fostering a positive student experience and student career development.

KOLB's Experiential Learning Cycle

 

 

Psychologist David Kolb defines experiential learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combinations of grasping and transforming experience” (Kolb,1984, p.41).

Types of Experiential Learning: EL Topography

There are lots of opportunities to get outside of the classroom and learn in new environments. Experience it for yourself.

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Co-operative education alternates terms of paid, full-time work in a specific program. UWindsor offers co-op programs in:

  • Engineering
    • Civil
    • Electrical
    • Environmental
    • Mechanical
    • Industrial
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Kinesiology

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Internships vary across program and discipline, offering motivated students and graduates the experience to put their skills to work.

  • Master of Applied Computing
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry

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Part of a course, or on their own initiative, student work experience in a not-for-profit organization.

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Professional capabilities are developed in a work setting, under the supervision of an experienced registered or licensed professional.

  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Education

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Intensive, hands-on practical experience in a field of study that is flexibly structured.

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Students and industry working together to investigate a specific, real-world issue.

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Investigation by students to produce an original contribution.

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Application of concepts in a laboratory or field setting.

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International study or work ­­opportunities.