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Experiential Learning is DC.

Programs and Courses

The Strategic Mandate Agreement (2017-2020) outlines college strengths in preparing learners transition to employment in their field of study with over 70% of DC graduates participating in field placements. The SMA confirms Durham College’s commitment to providing learners experiences that integrate classroom learning with workplace settings with a goal of increasing experiential learning opportunities over the next three years (MTCU, 2018)

Program Level

There are several ways programs can consider implementing experiential learning into programs of study. The process of updating and innovating programs of study is collaborative and iterative.  It is important to understand the process of program change at the college before implementing significant changes to a program or course. To learn more about making program level changes, you can find more information:

Durham College Program Change Policy

C.A.F.E. Resource: Program Change

Course Level

There are opportunities to implement course level experiential learning into course activities, without major or minor changes (see Program Level above). Innovation is encouraged, however, it is important  to check with your Program Coordinator, School Office and Dean about changes you want to implement. For instance, if you want to take learners on a field trip there might be insurance requirements that require forms to be completed.

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. (2018). 2017-20 Strategic Mandate Agreement: Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology. Retrieved from: