Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is experiential learning?
- What is the experiential learning component?
- What are the benefits of the experiential learning component?
- What is reflection and why is it important?
- How can I reflect?
- What questions can I ask to guide the reflection process?
- What are students saying about experiential learning component?
- What departments were involved in the experiential learning component?
- How can I participate in the Pilot?
- Where can I go for more information on the experiential learning component?
|1. What is experiential learning?|
Experiential learning is any kind of learning through experience; simply put,‘learning by doing’.
Experiential learning occurs when individuals engage in some activity, reflect upon the activity critically, derive some useful insight from the analysis, and incorporate the result through a change in understanding and/or behaviour. (David A. Kolb, Experiential Learning: Experience as a Source of Learning and Development, 1984, 3-4).
|2. What is the experiential learning component?|
The student employment programs offered by the Centre for Career Development (CCD) have been restructured to incorporate formal experiential learning. This means you will work with your employer at the beginning of the placement to identify specific skills that will be enhanced during the placement, based on the job description and your current skillset. From these discussions, you and your employer will complete a Learning and Reflection Agreement identifying an activity you will pursue throughout the placement to record the extent of your learning. At the end of the placement, you and your employer will revisit the Reflection Agreement to recognize your achievements. Overall, this will enable you to experience learning situations in a work environment that you can transfer to other work and life situations.
|3. What are the benefits of the experiential learning component?|
|Benefits to Students:
Benefits to the University:
|4. What is reflection and why is it important?|
Reflection provides a structured opportunity for you to apply classroom theory in the workplace. By reflecting upon your work experience with your employer, you are challenged to assess the competencies and skills gained through the position so you are prepared to apply them in the real world.
You need to be aware of the skills you have learned so that you can articulate them and identify your strengths to potential employers. The more you are aware of your skills and abilities, the better prepared you will be for the world of work. According to the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE), 90% of employers are looking for individuals with soft skills. Consequently, the CCD partners with faculty and staff to facilitate opportunities for students like you to develop transferable skills. It is essential that you be actively involved in the learning process.
|5. How can I reflect?|
Reflection is not meant to be long or difficult. The entire process can take less than 30 minutes at the beginning and 30 minutes at the end of placement. You and your employer may choose one of these reflective activities:
|6. What questions can I ask to guide the reflection process?|
|7. What are students saying about the experiential learning component?|
|8. What departments were involved in the Experiential Learning Pilot Program?|
|9. Where can I go for more information on the experiential learning component?|
|Career Development & Experiential Learning
The Centre for Career Development
The Smallwood Centre, Room UC-4002
Open: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm (4:30pm in summer)
Phone: (709) 864-2033
cdel at mun.ca