Resources for Experiential Learning Development and Operations

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.

Audiences

  • 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

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

For Learners, Advisors

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.

For Learners, Advisors

Supports learners in making the most of their EL experience.

For Facilitators

Supports facilitators in making the most of their EL experience.

For Learners, Facilitators, Advisors

The guides are available directly in Experience Guelph and provide step-by-step procedural support with screenshots on how to complete tasks in system.

Learners, Facilitators, Advisors

An ongoing list of research in experiential learning.

Facilitated and Live Resources

Facilitated and Live resources are available by registering for scheduled events or contacting the EL Hub to set up a custom session. All workshops and forums are delivered online through Microsoft Teams. Register for upcoming sessions through the Experiential Learning events page.

For Students, Staff, Faculty, External Partners

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.

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

For Learners, Facilitators, Advisors
10:30 am – 12:00 pm on the Thursday of academic weeks 1,4, 7,10 in the Fall and Winter semesters.

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

For Learners, Facilitators, Advisors
10:30 – 11:30 am on the second Wednesday of each month.

A monthly platform for sharing updates on experiential learning initiatives across campus.

Access, Equity, and Inclusion in Experiential Learning Discussion Group

For Students, Staff, Faculty
10:30 – 11:30 am on the third Wednesday of each month

A monthly platform for asking questions and sharing resources on how to reduce barriers to participation in EL.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

For Prospective Facilitators and Validators

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.

For Current Validators and Facilitators

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.

For Learners of validated activities

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