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Teaching an Undergraduate Experiential Course: Lessons Learned

Online (Zoom), August 11, 2020, 13.00-15.00 (Romanian time, in English)

The webinar will focus on the relevance of experiential learning for undergraduate education and, more specifically, on designing such courses.

The presentation builds on a course that I developed and am currently teaching at the University of Toronto Scarborough – Canada. The course introduces students to the idea of playful civic participation, an increasingly popular set of initiatives for encouraging people worldwide to actively engage in their community. It is an experiential learning course that requires students to develop communication projects for the Town of Ajax (a town located in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area) and CNIB, formerly called Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In groups, students work on several assignments aimed to raise awareness in a creative/ playful and time & cost-effective way about a particular social issue. At the end of the course, their idea – developed into a research proposal – is presented to the project partners.

The webinar will start from a presentation of my experience with designing and teaching the course, including encountered challenges and mitigation options. It will then lead into a discussion and reflection on the relevance of experiential learning in designing undergraduate courses.


Laura Vișan
Departments/units: Summer School 2020; Educational Programs Department; Research Department, Policy and Outreach Department, Young Researchers Club

Region: Global

Topics: Education, Teaching, Philanthropy and community development

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