Experiential Learning Working Group

I. Final Report

Experiential Learning Working Group Report (PDF, 939 KB)

II. Terms of Reference


To continue development of experiential learning offerings and a shared understanding about what experiential education looks like at Queen’s, the Provost's Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning (PACTL) is establishing an Experiential Learning Working Group (ELWG) to lead discussions, facilitate collaboration, develop a strategy and create mechanisms to set targets and track participation.

Specific Tasks:

i. To recommend strategies that would facilitate the development and growth of self-sustaining, curricular-based and co-curricular-based, experiential education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that build on the existing programs and course offerings.

ii. To recommend shared language and messaging regarding Queen’s approach to experiential learning, including:

  • A definition of experiential learning and the common language for associated terms (internship, practicum, etc.) that will be used at Queen’s.
  • A value proposition that will define for prospective students, the campus and broader community the Queen’s approach to experiential learning that will form the basis of the shared positive messages communicated.

iii. To recommend a mechanism to facilitate collaboration, sharing of resources and the development of system-wide best practices to support instructors, administrators and faculties offering experiential learning programs, such as:

  • Communications network
  • Supporting program foundations – learning outcomes, risk management, legal/ethical frameworks
  • Keeping records, setting targets and tracking participation.

III. Committee Membership

Name Title
Allison Chong Master of Applied Science (Engineering Education) student, former QUIP intern
Chris Conway Director, Institutional Research and Planning
Brian Franks Director (Program Development), DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education
Sue Blake Director, Student Services, Faculty of Arts and Science
Cathy Keates Director, Career Services
Sarah McCurrach Global Development Studies student, completed DEVS Work Study Program
Sandra den Otter Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Azza Sharkawy Associate Professor, Elementary Science Education
Jill Scott Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
Ann Tierney Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs
Colin Zarzour Academic Affairs Commissioner