Western's EL Taskforce
In 2017, Dr. John Doerksen, Vice-Provost (Academic Programs) formed an Experiential Learning Taskforce of faculty, staff, and student leaders. Their goal was to develop definitions of curricular and co-curricular experiential learning activities at Western that would:
- Allow for consistency of language among stakeholders, and alignment with Western's Degree Outcomes
- Improve institutional tracking and reporting, as well as sector-wide data collection
- Increase consistency with respect to the awarding of academic credit for experiential learning
- Help students make decisions about their participation in experiential learning opportunities
- Create pathways for the development of new experiential learning opportunities
- Support the development of resources that advance experiential learning
The progress of the
The Taskforce met for the first time and began working toward the development of a definition of experiential learning, principles of experiential learning, and definitions of curricular and co-curricular experiential learning activities.
The Taskforce met monthly to create and review draft language.
A sub-committee of five Taskforce members was established to develop draft definitions of curricular and co-curricular forms of experiential learning for review by the Taskforce.
The Taskforce completed a first version of the draft document.
18 consultations were held with faculty, staff, and student groups across Western’s main campus and the affiliated university colleges.
A web form went live on the Experiential Learning website, resulting in feedback from 102 faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
The feedback received through phase 1 of the campus community consultation process was reviewed and edits were made to the draft document.
The revised draft document was shared with the campus community and feedback on the new version was gathered through three Town Hall sessions attended by faculty, staff, and students.
Final revisions were made to the draft document based on feedback from Town Hall events.
The draft document was presented to