Resources and Support for Experiential Learning Development

The Experiential Learning Hub is here to support you in developing, redesigning, or enhancing your experiential learning activities.

If you have questions about the resources below or have suggestions for additional resources, please e-mail experience@uoguelph.ca.

Definitions

  • Advisor – Provides direct support and/or guidance to learners.
  • Facilitator – Develops, delivers, and assesses an experiential learning activity.
  • Learner – Engages in an experiential learning activity.
  • Partner – Collaborates with a Facilitator to deliver an experiential learning activity.
  • Validator – Confirms Learner completion of an activity’s responsibilities and requirements.

Self-serve and On-Demand Resources

CourseLink Modules

Learners register for modules under the “Self-Registration” section of CourseLink.

Experiential Learning Guide for Students

Audience: Learners, Advisors
First Offering: Winter 2022 (pilot offering current available)
Description: Walks learners through the definition of experiential learning, the types of experiential learning available at U of G, and how to choose opportunities, and who to connect with.

Onboarding for Student-Staff

Audience: Learners
First Offering: Fall 2021 (pilot offering current available)
Description: Supports learners in making the most of their EL experience.

Onboarding for Supervisors of Student-Staff

Audience: Facilitators
First Offering: Fall 2021 (pilot offering current available)
Description: Supports facilitators in making the most of their EL experience.

Experience Guelph System User Guides

Audience: Learners, Facilitators, Advisors
Location: www.experienceguelph.ca
First Offering: Fall 2018
Description: The guides are available directly in Experience Guelph and provide step-by-step procedural support with screenshots on how to complete tasks in system.

Library Guide on Experiential Learning Literature

Audience: Learners, Facilitators, Advisors
Location: guides.lib.uoguelph.ca/c.php?g=658717
First Offering: Summer 2018
Description: An ongoing list of research in experiential learning.

Facilitated and Live Resources

FRacilitated and Live resources are available by registering for scheduled events or contacting the EL Hub to set up a custom session. Consultations with the EL Hub are also available.

Workshops, forums, and community of practice will be available online through teams and in-person when guidelines allow. and request feedback for continuous improvement.

Events can be viewed on the Experiential Learning events page.

Experiential Learning Development and Recognition Team Consultations

Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty, External Partners
First Offering: Fall 2018
Description: Members of this three-person team are available to support students, staff, and faculty with questions related to the PCDR, experiential learning, and the Experience Guelph system. Support services are available via phone, MS Teams chat, or e-mail between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.

Experiential Learning Engagement Activities and Forums

These activities and forums are meant to introduce and engage learners, facilitators, partners, and

Introduction to the U of G Professional and Career Development Record Session

Audience: Learners, Facilitators, Advisors
Scheduling: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm on the Thursday of academic weeks 1,4, 7,10 in the Fall and Winter semesters.
First offering: September 2021
Description: By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose of the PCDR.
  2. List three benefits of the PCDR.
  3. Summarize the critical components of a validated PCDR experience.
  4. Use the Experience Guelph catalogue to search for validated PCDR opportunities.
  5. Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

Experiential Learning Forum

Audience: Learners, Facilitators, Advisors
Scheduling: 10:30 – 11:30 am on the second Wednesday of each month.
First offering: September 2021
Description: A monthly platform for sharing updates on experiential learning initiatives across campus.

Access, Equity, and Inclusion in Experiential Learning Discussion Group

Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty
Scheduling: 10:30 – 11:30 am on the third Wednesday of each month
First offering: August 2021
Description: A monthly platform for asking questions and sharing resources on how to reduce barriers to participation in EL.

Experiential Learning Development Workshop Series

These workshops focus on the creation or re-development of experiential learning activities. The series explores each aspect of Kolb’s Experiential Learning cycle and how they can be actioned in practice.

Creating Experiences with Impact

Audience          Current and Prospective Facilitators

Scheduling        10:30 am – 12:00 pm on the Thursday of academic weeks 2 and 8 in the Fall and Winter semesters.

First offering     Fall 2020

Description       By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the value and benefits of aligning learning outcomes with EL activities.
  2. Describe the critical components of a learning outcome statement.
  3. Create three learning outcomes aligned to employability skill development.
  4. Identify potential methods of determining learner achievement of learning outcomes.
  5. Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

Integrating EL and the Workplace

Audience          Current and Prospective Facilitators

Scheduling        10:30 am – 12:00 pm on the Thursday of academic weeks 3 and 9 in the Fall and Winter semesters.

First offering     September 2021

Description       By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the intersecting goals of EL and workforce education.
  2. Cite factors that distinguish a teaching space from a simulated workplace.
  3. Determine whether an activity takes place in a simulated workplace.
  4. Outline three adaptations that could increase workplace simulation in an EL activity.
  5. Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

Embedding Reflective Practice in EL

Audience          Current and Prospective Facilitators

Scheduling        10:30 am – 12:00 pm on the Thursday of academic weeks 5 and 11 in the Fall and Winter semesters.

First offering     Winter 2019

Description       By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance for reflection in learning.
  2. Summarize the critical components of strong reflection.
  3. Select three reflection activities applicable to an EL initiative.
  4. Develop a reflection plan using the Reflection Planning Tool.
  5. Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

Delivering Feedback, Assessing Outcomes

Audience          Current and Prospective Facilitators

Scheduling        10:30 am – 12:00 pm on the Thursday of academic weeks 6 and 12 in the Fall and Winter semesters.

First offering     October 2021

Description       By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the value and benefits of feedback and assessment in EL.
  2. Summarize the critical components of delivering helpful feedback.
  3. Select three assessment activities applicable to an EL initiative.
  4. Develop a feedback and assessment plan
    Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

Experiential Learning Recognition Training

These resources focus on the day-to-day operations of the PCDR and Experience Guelph. In general, the target audiences are current PCDR activity leaders and participants.

Curricular Experiential Learning Tagging Information Session

Audience          College contacts identified to complete annual EL course inventory reviews. Sessions are open to others attending for informational purpose.

First offering     Fall 2020

Description       By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose and benefits of tracking curricular experiential learning.
  2. Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

Proposing a Co-Curricular Activity for PCDR Inclusion

Audience          Prospective Facilitators and Validators

First offering     Winter 2022

Description       By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose and benefits of the PCDR.
  2. Articulate the importance if the critical components of a validated experience (outcomes, supervision, reflection, feedback).
  3. Identify strengths and areas of improvement in their activity proposal based on the inclusion criteria.
  4. Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

The Role of the Validator

Audience          Current Validators and Facilitators

First offering     Fall 2021

Description       By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose and benefits of the PCDR.
  2. Outline the critical components of a validated experience (outcomes, supervision, reflection, feedback) and why validation is important.
  3. Use the tools in the On Campus Jobs and Opportunities and/or the Co-Curricular Activities modules in Experience Guelph to validate an experience.
  4. Outline steps for resolving conflicts about validation.
  5. Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

Get Validated!

Audience          Learners of validated activities

First offering     Fall 2021

Description       By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose and benefits of the PCDR.
  2. Navigate in Experience Guelph to the steps needed to complete validation.
  3. Differentiate between strong and weak reflection.
  4. Complete all validation tasks through the use of an example.
  5. Locate relevant resources on the EL website.

Experience Profiles

  • Alyssa graduated from University of Guelph having engaged in course-integrated experiential learning in the curriculum. Outside the classroom, she worked for Student Housing Services, the work study program and held an undergraduate research assistant position.