Experiential learning brings academic studies to life
Experiential learning is often called "hands-on" or "applied" learning, but it's so much more than that. It's a structured process that enables you to extract personally meaningful insights from an experience.
When you learn experientially, you participate in goal-setting, real-life activities, and structured reflection. This process enables you to develop deep knowledge about a subject or situation, along with personal and professional skills.
Kira Gill-Maher describes her experiential research project in Bhutan:
"I had the opportunity to learn about Gross National Happiness from those that are involved in implementing it and get feedback from international scholars!"
At Mount Allison, experiential learning takes a wide variety of forms, from field trips to photography exhibits to forays into the world of work.
Many experiential learning opportunities form part of for-credit courses. Others are offered through co-curricular (non-credit) programs, such as our internship program and the Alumni Career Mentorship Program.
Examples of experiential learning in courses:
- Service learning projects (volunteer projects for organizations)
- Field trips
- Field work
- Guest speakers
- Artistic performance
- Scientific research
- Archival research
- Case studies
- Consulting projects
Examples of co-curricular experiential learning:
For more in-depth information about Mount A's approach to experiential learning, check out our resources for faculty.