Experiential Learning at Ryerson

Experiential Learning Office
Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 7:00 PM

RYERSON’S EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING MODEL At Ryerson, we have a long history of bringing theory to life through experiential learning activities, whether they are delivered in the classroom, in specialized learning modules, in the community, in the workplace or in international settings. An innovative model for experiential learning has been developed under the auspices of the Ryerson University Senate Learning and Teaching Committee and the Experiential Learning Office which encompasses the input and creativity of many members of the Ryerson community. When creating the model, consideration was given to application, analysis, evaluation and creativity in experiential learning allowing for transformational intellectual growth. A great deal of attention was paid to building an interactive model that would maximize effective learning. The committee took a creative and holistic approach in designing the model. Key descriptive words, each well-defined, open the door to a broader perspective of experiential learning incorporating four “lenses”: THE LEARNING CYCLE, CURRICULUM, CLIMATE, COMMUNITY These pillars of the model allow us to engage students in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making in contexts that are personally relevant and connected to academic learning objectives. While we each approach experiential learning in many different ways, we hope that you will be assisted by using some or all of the elements of the experiential learning model in the development and delivery of quality teaching and learning experiences.

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