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Experiential Learning

The SIIP project will create new opportunities for students to participate in community-connected experiential learning opportunities that involve intergenerational activities with isolated older adults.

What Is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning provides students with opportunities to actively participate in experiences connected to a community outside of school. This “community” could be local, national, or global. This connection can involve being physically present (an on-site experience), being present through the use of various communication technologies (a virtual experience), or a combination of the two (a blended experience). Students reflect on their experiences to learn from them, so they can apply their learning to decisions and actions in various aspects of their lives (Ontario, 2016).

What Are the Goals of Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning:

  • Increases motivation and engagement, encouraging self-directed learning;
  • Facilitates the exploration of the relationship between academic theory and practice, increasing clarity around academic and career goals;
  • Increases understanding and perceptions around workplace cultures;
  • Enhances professional networks;
  • Helps students better understand work realities and expectations;
  • Provides opportunity to gain career-related experiences, clarifying employment and career goals;
  • Builds leadership, technical, and professional skills;
  • Increases confidence, maturity, and self-management;
  • Improves problem-solving, critical thinking, research, communication, and teamwork skills;
  • Develops skills to transition to the workforce;
  • In cases of paid placements, provides earnings to assist with financial obligations; and
  • Builds citizenship skills (Niagara College Canada, 2019).

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