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Getting started in experiential learning instruction

Getting started

Explore resources to get you started in delivering experiential learning — inside or outside of the classroom.

Familiarize yourself

Gain confidence to create your own experiential-learning opportunities by understanding the foundations.

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Gather the basics

From risk management and legal agreements, to engaging with community and industry partners, find support to administer your experiential-learning opportunity.


Develop critical-reflection opportunities

Critical-reflection guides deepen and document experiential learning. By going through our step-by-step learning modules, you will be able to design critical-reflection prompts, create assessment tools for evaluating these assignments, and be able to apply critical-reflection principles and practices to digital spaces.

Critical reflection module

Familiarizing yourself with experiential learning

Foundations in Experiential Learning

Get a digital badge — or micro-credential — for completing three experiential learning sessions and the critical reflection capstone project.

UCalgary's Experiential Learning Plan

Understand where your activities connect into the University of Calgary's plan for experiential learning. Learn about our goals for elevating the student experience and our framework for understanding and classifying experiential learning.

Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle (1984)

Kolb’s experiential learning cycle is a four stage process that describes how learners acquire and process new knowledge through hands-on learning.

Kolb Cycle diagram

Gathering the basics

Stay tuned to this space as we create more resources


Connect with us to discuss risk and legal considerations for your course.


critical reflection

Critical reflection

Our online module introduces critical reflection to faculty and staff.

Go to the module

More resources

From support in online experiential learning, to strategies for incorporating undergraduate research, explore more experiential-learning resources.

Go to the main experiential learning resource library catalogue here.

Online experiential learning

Wondering if you can transition your experiential-learning component online in the first place? Read through our guide on transitioning from hands-on to online experiential learning here.

These free online resources can be used as their own short course, or be used to supplement curriculum materials in other courses.

Resources for online experiential learning

Experiential learning toolkit

The Experiential Learning Toolkit is a website that provides information, examples and templates for designing, delivering, facilitating and evaluating experiential learning in post-secondary education.

A resource created by Niagara College Canada, Georgian and Brock University.

Go to the toolkit