The Learning Exchange as a hub of experiential learning

Title The Learning Exchange as a hub of experiential learning
Faculty/College/Unit Education
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Project Summary

Experiential learning is growing rapidly in Canadian universities, but is more complex and logistically challenging than traditional forms of learning. Most experiential learning programs provide opportunities for students to connect their classroom learning to paid or unpaid work off campus. Students’ experiences of these forms of learning are impacted, sometimes negatively, by the quality of relationships between partners and how learning opportunities are conceived and structured. Our project will enhance teaching and learning by working with the UBC Learning Exchange (LE), an organization that has played a significant role in experiential learning, to develop a Partnership Planning Tool for use by partners engaged in the downtown eastside (DTES). Developing this tool will involve cross-disciplinary, multi-partner dialogue about effective experiential learning. Collaboration among partners in the development and implementation of this project will build capacity and encourage reciprocity and mutuality in relationships, which will, in turn, lead to sustainable benefits for students.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Alison Taylor
Year 1: Funded Amount 33,105
Year 1: Team Members

Angela Towle, Director, UBC Learning Exchange
Susan Grossman, Director, Centre for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL)
Jill Porter, Community Development Advisor, Centre for Community-Engaged Learning
Carrie Krekowski, Practice Education Manager, Office of UBC Health
Dr. Catherine Douglas, Economics, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Tom Kemple, Urban Ethnographic Field School, Sociology & Anthropology, Faculty of Arts
Dr. Kerry Greer, Urban Ethnographic Field School, Sociology & Anthropology, Faculty of Arts
John Yamamoto, Program Coordinator, Practicum and Field Experience, Faculty of Education
Rod Brown, Program Coordinator, Practicum and Field Experience, Faculty of Education

Students:
Stephanie Glick, PhD student, Educational Studies
Nasim Peikazadi, PhD student, Educational Studies