Experiential Learning (EL) has become a core element of many post-secondary programs. To ensure the success of EL, institutions need to have effective supports in place for instructors. Over the past year, Kyle Mackie has worked with some of the thought leaders in Ontario to develop and launch the online Experiential Learning Toolkit (EL Toolkit). The EL Toolkit provides resources and information to help ensure students learning on the job receive the right skills, experiences and supports both from their school, and from the business or organization hosting them. The toolkit aims to help industry and community organizations, as well as the student’s educational institution, work together to design effective, valuable on-the-job work and learning experiences.
Launched in June 2019, the toolkit consists of 16 online modules, tailored for either educational institutions, or businesses and community organizations. The modules walk participants through the process of designing, delivering, and evaluating experiential learning programs. All materials for this project are licensed under the Creative Commons (CC BY NC 4.0). The modules are built in WordPress, with a number of embedded H5P interactions.
The project was managed by Niagara College’s Centre for Academic Excellence, and was developed in collaboration with representatives from Brock University and Georgian College. The project was made possible through funding received from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, under the ministry’s Career Ready Fund. This webinar will discuss these projects: pedagogical approaches, project design, and tools and technologies used.