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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning Ad Hoc Working Group

To join, contact Larry Iles.

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Experiential learning (EL) engages students in first-hand experiences, furthers learning, strengthens connections with community, and deepens their understanding of the discipline or profession. EL can further students learning of a concept (e.g., probability, solubility, soil erosion, empathy, negotiation, professional tone) as well as contextualize application, practice and feedback. For faculty, it can spark partnerships, deepen awareness of emergent trends, maintain subject matter currency, and lead to potential collaborations and future opportunities. It can be a brief experience or last a term. Fundamentally it involves a first-hand experience and reflection.

CELTalk, October 5, 2020:
 Experiential Learning in COVID Times
Carolyn Hoessler & Larry Iles

A 90-minute interactive session that provides you with options for EL at TRU, a template and steps for planning Outcome-Based Experiential Learning guided by national research, and practical examples and options that work within COVID and remote learning times.




How it works for faculty and instructors

If you are new to experiential learning or ideating options for your students, you can meet with a Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching coordinator to identify and plan for your learning outcomes. For accessing and supporting EL opportunities that already exist visit the Career and Experiential Learning department or contact Larry Iles (

• Co-operative Education
• Study Abroad
• Field School
• Professional Practicums
• Service Learning
• Undergraduate Research
• Capstone or Honours
• Apprenticeship
• Internships
• Riipen Experiential Learning platform

Showcasing the Riipen Experiential Learning platform

Seeking an external partner (business, community organization) for your students to engage with on a course or curriculum-based project? The Riipen platform provides matchmaking.

For 2020-2021, Thompson Rivers University has been fully funded through the RBC Future Launch to utilize Riipen, an experiential learning platform and marketplace for project-based learning.
This opportunity is available for all faculties, disciplines, and all levels of students for both in-class experiences and virtual internships across Canada and the US.

How it works for faculty and instructors

An instructor seeking external partners for course and curriculum-based student projects or experiences posts an opportunity in the TRU Portal ( To access the portal signing up if new to Riipen or logging in if previously have used Riipen.

Examples of courses from TRU are below:
Virtual Co-op Work Term in International Business - Jamie Noakes
Global Management Consultancy - Shuna Ho
International Social Work - Bala Nikku

Tip: The earlier you post, the more likely instructors are to find great companies and organizations for your students to work with.

While remote

Riipen offers virtual internships as well as opportunities to connect to external partners remotely.

Potential Funding for Practical Experiences

Contact Larry Iles (

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