Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

Your learning journey is unique to you, your interests, and your abilities. Memorial University offers many high-impact practices throughout all faculties, schools, and campuses, helping you and your instructors make meaningful connections and enabling you to put theory into practice. Completion of high-impact practices deepens your learning, enables you to gain career and employability skills, and develop your Student Success Competencies.

Outside of the classroom, there are many complementary activities for you to become involved with to enrich your learning experiences and even to try out some activities or life experiences for a short period of time.

Find the Right Experiences for You

When you do things and have great learning experiences in and around your courses, you positively impact your mental health and wellness and increase your academic success. But it can be difficult to know where to start, what experiences there are to try, and what would be useful and enjoyable for you to do.

If you are not sure what to do, book an appointment with an Experience Navigator to help guide you.

Get MORE: Record your Experiences

Now that you have had some great learning experiences, take the time to record, reflect, and create your Experiential Transcript. This is a way to gather together your achievements throughout your degree so you can better articulate that when you graduate to potential employers and graduate schools, and for yourself.

Resources for Instructors

Students can sometimes find it difficult to articulate the skills they have gained in a particular course, even though they spent quite a bit of time and effort towards skill development. Student Life experts can assist course instructors to identify and highlight Student Success Competencies that exist in syllabi without necessarily changing existing curricula. The competencies are introduced to students within the course content, and students are then encouraged to reflect upon these throughout the semester and within their Experiential Transcript. Through completion of high-impact practices and subsequent reflection, students make the connection between their university courses and the skills required to progress in their career and life after university.

Student Life works with instructors to develop Experiential Learning activities for specific curricula.

EL To Go is a library of experiential learning activities which can be easily incorporated into your remote or in-person course. If you are interested in learning more about how to incorporate EL To Go, or to create a specific experience for your students, contact Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson at smlewis@mun.ca.


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