Looking to engage students meaningfully toward academic outcomes and competency development, while supported with funding, course, and program resources? EL at U of T Scarborough can do that for you.
Experiential Learning (EL) is a key priority and longstanding strength at U of T Scarborough, living throughout our curricular and co-curricular offerings. Created and led by experts across all units, experiential learning enhances student learning, providing a wealth of experiences that engage them more deeply in course content through a range of hands-on experiences and embedded self-reflection. Our success is built upon the energy and passion of our students, the dedication of expert faculty, staff, and librarians, strong reciprocal relationships with our local and global partners, and our collective commitment to inclusive excellence.
To assist you in your success, we have co-created a resource hub that includes guiding documents that help us center core values at the root of our collective work at U of T Scarborough. Through the UTSC Experiential & Global Learning SharePoint for Faculty, Staff & Librarians, you will be able to access links to key services, resources, and funding opportunities available to faculty, staff, and librarians. Included are the types of EL offered at the University of Toronto as a starting place for course and program development.
"Students are active participants and partners in the educational process."
U of T Scarborough Values
Inspiring Inclusive Excellence
Experiential learning is shown to support students’ self-awareness of their abilities, solidify lessons from the classroom and help them to make better informed academic, personal and professional choices. As an instructor or staff member, you so often lead this work by creating, contributing and organizing experiential learning opportunities for our students.
By partnering with U of T Scarborough, you will find our students are adaptable, creative, analytical, solutions-focussed, culturally competent, have strong research skills, and are eager to learn and contribute to their communities and society. Your organization will benefit from shaping the next generation of leaders by:
- working with top faculty and students on research projects that address the needs of your organization, our communities and society
- accessing tax breaks and financial incentives
- new funding and flexibility for Co-op Employers
- building your own talent pipeline of future employees and partners
- Post free of charge on Career and Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx) - a job site for U of T Students interested in full-time, part-time, or volunteer opportunities
- fostering dialogue between the University and the larger community
2022-23 ELF Project: Land-based Learning in Anthropology and Heritage Studies
"The relationship building with the people at the Curve Lake Cultural Centre was very rewarding, and will continue. The trip to Kinomaagewapkong with our students was deeply meaningful . . . While we placed an emphasis on healing relationships with Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, the attention to Indigenous methodologies also encouraged students to begin healing relationships with each other. The social isolation felt during the years of the pandemic had deeply troubled many of our students and the experiential components of the course created opportunities to make new friends."
Lena Mortensen & Donna Young, ANTB66: Spiritual Paths: A Comparative Anthropology of Pilgrimage & ANTC66: Anthropology of Tourism and Placemaking course instructors
You have many opportunities to connect with our students and to harness their knowledge, skills, and experience to support the mission and goals of your organization. Our team can help you:
- Identify the type of experiential learning that aligns with the goals of your organization.
- Navigate the experiential learning landscape at U of T Scarborough and connect you with the most appropriate offices and people to support your goals.
- Engage and support students to ensure you offer a strong learning environment that is inclusive, equitable, accessible, and engaging.