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Experiential Learning in Practice

Experiential learning bridges the gap between theory and practice 

Experiential learning (EL) provides students with opportunities to participate in concrete activities related to their studies, either on-campus, within the community, or in the workplace. Combining lived experiences with reflection and analysis results in optimal outcomes for students.

The benefits of EL are multifaceted:

  • Experiential learning activities allow students to contextualize what they learn in class and internalize knowledge in a way that is more profound than a traditional lecture-based course.
  • Experiential learning increases students’ motivation to learn, boosts their self-esteem, strengthens their capacities for leadership, and heightens their engagement in school and at work.
  • Experiential learning enhances students’ professional and transferable skills (such as communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, autonomous learning) while helping them build their resumes and their networks and advance their career aspirations.

Overall, students develop an increased sense of preparedness for life and work through EL.

Concordia University is on a mission to broaden access to high-impact forms of experiential learning, with the ultimate goal of seeing every student graduate with at least one EL experience.

EL Success Stories

Jurist in Residence Program

"We're bringing Quebec's legal system into the realm of student life."
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"We're offering recreational therapy online."
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Community Connections

"We're developing Leisure Education for youth."
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Bonnie Feigenbaum

"I want my students to experience marketing research."
Meet Bonnie

Andres Salas

"I'm shining the spotlight on my neighbourhood."
Meet Andres

Emily Andrews

"I want to create social and societal change."
Meet Emily

Marcus Bankuti

"I want to amplify work that emerges from community voices."
Meet Marcus

Celeste Ferrus

"I want to teach kids about STEM, in Haiti and in Canada."
Meet Celeste

Etienne Maes

"I've conducted research on dopamine as a teaching signal for the brain."
Meet Etienne

Sonia Di Maulo

"When it comes to experiential learning, the best opportunities are found in competitions."
Meet Sonia

Darian Stahl

"I learned about chronic illness by making installation works of art."
Meet Darian

Danielle Morin

"I wanted my MBA students to experience a real life situation of data analytics."
Meet Dr. Morin
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