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Faculty and staff

Are you an educator or administrator looking to incorporate experiential learning into your courses? Find resources, funding ideas and real-life examples of other educators doing this work.

At the beginning of the term, some students are terrified of performing, but it is remarkable to see how students evolve during this one week by gaining confidence and finding their voice. It leaves them with a certainty to pursue a career in law.

Lisa Silver, LLM'01, Faculty of Law, on Block Week course LAW 602: Advocacy

Benefits to educators

  • Improves learning outcomes
  • Provides a space where students can safely fail and learn
  • Develops relationships between university and community

Benefits to student learning

  • Heightens student engagement
  • Prepares students for complex, changing world of work
  • Develops transferable skills 

Read about how course instructors create EL activities


Faculty of Law associate professor Lisa Silver: trial simulations

Law professor uses personal career experience to inform student learning.


Faculty of Arts professors Stefania Forlini and Susan Bennett: community-engaged learning

Two English professors bring together their shared passion to improve community engagement among the arts and humanities at the University of Calgary.

Our plan for experiential learning

Learn more about experiential learning at the University of Calgary.

Experiential Learning Plan

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How we define types of experiential learning

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Experiential Learning Advisory Committee


Office of Experiential Learning

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Experiential learning news across campus

Block Week course explores centuries-old lost art of hand-press bookmaking

Generous donation of rare Vandercook press rounds out English department’s antique printing press collection...

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Newly elected federal Conservative leader cut his political teeth as a UCalgary student

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Master of Engineering student makes waves with a Canadian brewer

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These solar-powered phone chargers are free to borrow at UCalgary. Here’s the story behind them

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