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Experiential Learning is DC.


Teaching and learning theory literature points to the pedagogical benefits of Experiential Learning.

  • Foster and develop labour market skills (Deller, Weingarten, Hicks, 2016)
  • Apply theory into practice (Stirling, et al. 2016)
  • Improve learning retention (Jayaraman, 2014)
  • Provide authentic learning (Merriam, Caffarella & Baumgartner 2007)

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (Stirling, et al 2016), extends the benefits of experiential learning beyond learners:

  • Academic Institutions offering experiential learning increase student recruitment and community engagement;
  • Employers and worksites offering work-integrated learning develop a positive reputation, have ‘work ready’ graduates and receive new ideas from students

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Deller, F, Weingarten, H.P., and Hicks, M. (2016, July 19). HEQCO-Hunting for Good WIL: Putting quality before quantity. [blog]. Retrieved from: 90920650.1551727048

Jayaraman, R. (2014, Oct 24). 8 Reasons Why Experiential Learning is The Future of Learning. [blog]. Retrieved from:

Merriam, S.B., Caffarella, R.S., & Baumgartner, L.M. (2007). Learning in Adulthood, A Comprehensive Guide. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. (This book is available in the C.A.F.E. library).

Stirling, A., Kerr, G, Banwell, J. MacPherson, E. & Heron, A. (2016). A Practical Guide for Work-integrated Learning. Ontario: Queen’s Printer for Ontario. Retrieved from: