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Experiential Learning is DC.

What is Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning (EL) is a teaching and learning method aimed at providing learners with authentic learning in a workplace environment that is embedded in program curriculum. Durham College offers a range of experiential learning opportunities as a formal component of a program of study; examples include field placements and co-operative education.

The resources on experiential learning have been curated to increase faculty awareness and knowledge about experiential learning. Navigate through the Experiential Learning resources to learn more about the benefits, see examples and consider the integration into curriculum.

If you would like to know more about experiential learning and how you can start to incorporate experiential learning into your curriculum please contact the C.A.F.E.

Durham College students engage in a variety of experiential learning activities.

Learn more about how students are applying their classroom knowledge and skills in hands-on projects around campus and offsite.

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Structured work integrated learning provides learners with spaces to explore career options and understand how classroom learning is applied in the workplace.

Read more about the theoretical underpinnings of Experiential Learning.

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Match your class assignments with industry partners to solve real-world problems.

Riipen works directly with Faculty to connect classroom tasks with organizations looking to solve a business, community or industry need.

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At Durham College our students benefit from a wide range of “hands-on” experiential learning opportunities, which accelerates the transition from school to employment and enhances the student experience.

Over 70% of DC students participate in a work-integrated learning experience as a formal component of their program. Through both this work-based learning and hands-on course-based learning, DC aspires to the goal of providing each student with impactful experiential opportunities.

Through experiential learning, DC students improve their prospects for employment and increased earnings. Employers value this depth of graduates’ experience which helps them hit the ground running.

From the college where the student experience comes first, DC is experiential learning.

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. (2017, November 10). Career Ready Fund.
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Co-operative education and work-integrated learning. (2018). WIL Definitions.
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