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Community-based Experiential Learning in Canadian...

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 4130 (or Zoom)
Headshot of Sandra Smeltzer in a black tank top.

"Community-based Experiential Learning in Canadian Universities"

Presented by Professor Sandra Smeltzer, Hailey Rockandel, Mackenna Spraggon, Amala Poli, Giada Ferrucci and Darryl Pieber.

Everyone is welcome. This lecture is part of the FIMS Seminar Series 2023/24.

Attend in-person: FNB 4130
Attend online: Register on Zoom

Abstract: Community engaged learning (CEL) is a praxis-oriented pedagogy for which students engage in projects developed collaboratively with community partners for mutually beneficial outcomes. This presentation provides a meta-level overview of key trends pertaining to CEL in Canadian higher education. Our discussion draws on an in-depth study of publicly available information from 80 universities to gain insight into how they define, describe, and facilitate CEL-oriented activities. This research is the first of its kind in Canada and builds directly on widespread calls for increased financial, political, and scholarly resources to support CEL endeavours. The research is particularly timely as universities across the country face substantial pressure from institutional administrations and regional governments to expand experiential learning opportunities for students across the disciplines.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Karen Kueneman

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