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Experiential Education

Experiential Education (EE) is a pedagogical approach where theories are applied to concrete experiences in the advancement of course or program learning outcomes.  These experiences can take place within the classroom, the community, or the workplace.  At the core of EE is critical reflection, where students make meaningful connections between the experience and the course content.

We offer a wide array of support for EE, including:

Experiential Education Workshops

The Teaching Commons currently offers workshops designed for collaborative exploration of reflection as a learning activity and for providing feedback on student reflections. To learn more and to register to attend, visit our Events Calendar.

Supporting resources from past sessions are linked below:

Critical Reflection as a Learned/Learning Activity

Strategies for Meaningful Feedback on Student Reflection

If you would like to explore integrating EE into your course, please email Lisa Endersby, Educational Developer, at to request an individual consultation.

Introduction to Experiential Education: Online Module

This module is designed to introduce the basic principles of experiential education (EE) at York. This will include looking at definitions of EE in the context of York, discussing theory informing EE, and considering the importance of structured, critical reflection in EE.  

Special thanks to Genevieve Maheux-Pelletier (Director) & Robert Winkler (Instructional Designer) for their support in creating this module.

Access this module via this open enrolment eClass course available HERE

Preparing Students for Critical Reflection: Online Module

This module is designed to support faculty in identifying strategies to support students in developing their ability to reflect as well as in designing structured reflective activities and a related assessment plan for an EE course.

Special thanks to Robert Winker (Instructional Designer) & Dr. Jon Sufrin (Associate Professor, Writing Department) for their support in creating this module.

Instructions for accessing this module via this open enrolment eClass course available HERE

You can access a copy of the reflection rubric Dr. Sufrin references in the module HERE

Book a Consultation

Questions? Looking for more information? Contact a member of our Teaching Commons team.

Lisa Endersby
Educational Developer