Resources for Faculty
The Experiential Education Unit is pleased to shared the inaugural edition of its Experiential Learning Matters. A Resource Handbook for Faculty and Staff, which represents the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean’s ongoing commitment to the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Academic Plan and its goal of providing high-quality experiential education opportunities to all UTM undergraduates. All academic units will have received a print copy in October 2020 as appropriate. We welcome your comments that will help us to improve future editions.
During the course development phase, there are a myriad of matters to consider with respect to ensuring that experiential learning is accessible, equitable, and pedagogically supported. The Experiential Education Hub has resources that address all of these issues, in addition to also providing instructors with a detailed matrix that categorizes the different forms of experiential learning and the risk management associated with each type. The Experiential Learning Hub also links to external resources, has information on necessary placement documentation, and highlights notable examples of experiential learning in action.
A Practical Guide for Work-integrated Learning: Effective Practices to Enhance the Educational Quality of Structured Work Experiences Offered through Colleges and Universities focuses on structured work-integrated learning experiences such as internships, placements, co-ops, field experiences, professional practice and clinical practicums. The comprehensive guide is divided into seven chapters with an introduction to experiential learning theory, followed by background information and suggestions on improving the quality of WIL programs, program evaluation and recommendations for broader curricular integration developing meaningful partnerships with industry, government and community organizations.