Experiential Education Workshops

Experiential education can be defined as a pedagogical approach that affords students the opportunity to apply theory to a concrete experience in a manner that advances the learning objectives of a course or program* and includes opportunities to reflect on those experiences, which may be classroom, community or workplace focused.  The courses are open to all course directors. Through engagement with workshop material participants will be able to develop a design for the delivery and evaluation of a course with an EE component. No experience of developing EE is required, but participants may prefer to choose to work with a course they are already experienced in teaching. Below is a description of each of the workshops we offer.

The Guide to Experiential Education is a valuable resource to both students and faculty wanting to learn more about EE, structured reflection, with interactive readiness checks to assess one’s communication skills, problem solving skills, teamwork, and civic engagement.

* A Case for Change: Experiential Education Integration at York University

 For offerings in French at Glendon College, please follow this link.

We can also offer specially scheduled or adapted workshops for groups of 6 or more.

For further inquiries email Barbara Kerr, kerrb@yorku.ca.

Experiential Education Activities

Experiential Education activities: In-course Learning Activities, In-Course CBL, Within-Community Learning Activities, Within Community Academic CSL, Placements, Internships and Co-op education

 

EE Bootcamp


The EE workshops are designed to support faculty who wish to incorporate Experiential Education into their teaching, either in the classroom or in the community. The Bootcamp combines the content of Introduction to Experiential Education and Experiential Education: Reflection and Assessment.

In the first half of the workshop, we will define EE and its three foci in the context of York, discuss the theory informing EE, and consider the critical role of structured reflection in experiential education. In the second half, we will brainstorm ideas for reflective activities and consider how to evaluate experiential learning. The workshop will be delivered via presentations, videos and hands-on activities designed to help participants develop an EE course that includes reflective learning and its assessment, for both in-class and community focused EE. All bootcamps run from 10AM to 3PM.  

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2016
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Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Introduction to Experiential Education


This workshop is designed to support faculty who wish to learn about experiential education (EE) to incorporate it in their teaching, either in the classroom or in the community. After defining EE and its three foci in the context of York, we will discuss the theory informing EE and consider the critical role of structured reflection in experiential education. The workshop will be delivered via presentations, videos and hands-on activities that will help participants start developing an EE course. All sessions are from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Date: Wednesday January 18, 2016  CANCELLED
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If you missed the workshop, you can watch this 10-minute tutorial introducing EE at York:

The Guide to Experiential Education also provides a good overview of EE and structured reflection.

Experiential Education with a Focus on the Community


This workshop, offered in collaboration with the TD Community Engagement Centre, is designed to support faculty who are familiar with experiential education (EE) and wish to incorporate a community-focused experience into a course. After defining EE’s three community-focused strategies at York, we will discuss how to help students leverage their community experience via reflective learning activities. In the second part of the workshop, we will consider strategies for developing and sustaining community partnerships and be responsive to community needs while aligning the experience to the course content.  All sessions are from 1 PM to 4 PM at the TD Community Engagement Centre in Yorkgate Mall.

Date: Monday February 22, 2016
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Experiential Education: Reflection and Assessment


As a distinctive characteristic of experiential education (EE), reflection is the mechanism leveraging seemingly ordinary experiences into teaching and learning moments. But incorporating structured reflection into a course and assessing the learning that occurs as a result can be a daunting task. This workshop is designed to support faculty in developing structured reflective activities and a related assessment plan for an EE course they are planning.

We will think about how to design appropriate teaching activities around reflection and consider how to evaluate experiential learning. After being presented with some tools to facilitate reflection and its assessment, participants will engage in hands-on activities designed to help them develop their own plan for reflective activities and their assessment, for both in-class and community focused EE. Please note that participants should be familiar with EE when they sign up for this workshop. All sessions are from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Date: Wednesday February 15, 2017
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