Queen's Experiential Learning Hub

Experiential Learning Hub
Experiential Learning Hub


The Experiential Learning Hub is committed to partnering with Queen’s University Faculties to provide advising, tools and best practices to most efficiently support the planning and delivery of experiential learning initiatives. 

How we can help

Here are some of the ways we can help faculty members interested in developing new experiential learning programs or enhancing the experiential learning component within existing courses:

  1. Easily accessible tools and templates to reduce the time it takes to develop or enhance EL activities.

  2. Sharing of knowledge across faculties to avoid redundancies in program development and administration.

  3. A central place to learn about changes in legislation relevant to experiential learning programs.

  4. A central starting point for both students and employers to learn about EL opportunities available through faculty programs.

To contact the EL Hub please email el.hub@queensu.ca.

Benefits of Experiential Learning

Curriculum designed with experiential learning principles and techniques can have a number of potential benefits, including:

  1. Enhanced student engagement in and ownership of program/course material

  2. Opportunities to reinforce learning objectives with concrete experience and reflection

  3. The potential for increased student enrollment as public interest in internships and other forms of experiential education continue to grow

The growing importance of experiential learning reflects the desire of both undergraduate and graduate students to integrate practical and work-related elements into their programs.

Queen’s Strategic Framework: Year One Implementation Report

EL @ Queen's

To review examples of experiential education happening at Queen's, please visit the  In Their Own Words section of our website.

Research & Reports

To review pedagogical research on experiential learning, please visit Publications. The following documents from the Reports section of our website are a helpful starting point for those interested in a general overview of the topic.  

The Bringing Life to Learning report from the Council of Ontario Universities provides examples of the various expressions of experiential learning across Ontario universities. (7.73 MB)

If you are looking for a good overview of structured work experiences, review A Practical Guide for Work-Integrated Learning from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. (3.53 MB)

The MTCU report has a brief section outlining the provincial government's expectations around experiential education in the province. (205 KB)

You can learn about employer perceptions of experiential learning in the workplace in the Sattler & Peters document entitled Work-integrated learning and post secondary graduates: The perspective of Ontario Employers (1.11MB) and faculty perceptions in the Peters publication entitled, Faculty Experiences with and Perceptions of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in the Ontario Postsecondary Sector. (993 KB)