The Waterloo ExL Symposium will highlight experiential learning (EL) initiatives and associated resources on campus. This event is geared towards instructors who want to integrate, or enhance their integration of EL within their courses. Additionally, any campus or community partner who engages with and supports experiential learning at Waterloo will benefit from attending. Concurrent sessions will include presentations from instructors, students, and community partners on best practices, challenges, and innovative ideas on how EL may be integrated into teaching and learning.
Registration for the Waterloo ExL Symposium is now closed. If you would like to register, please contact Amanda Brown.
| 8:30am - 8:45am
|| Registration & Light Breakfast
| 8:45am – 9:00am
|| Opening Remarks
| 9:00am – 9:45am
|| Morning Keynote: Norah McRae
| 9:45am – 10:45am
||Experiential Learning 101
||Experiential Learning Logistics
||Experiential Learning in a Large Class
||Learning Outcomes of Field Experiences
| 10:45am – 11:00am
|| Networking Break
| 11:00am – 12:00pm
|| Edge 101
||Bringing Industry Issues into the Classroom
||Roadblocks and Blindspots: When potential mastery goes awry?
| 12:45pm – 1:45pm
|| Afternoon Keynote: Victor Saad
| 1:45pm – 2:45pm
|| Co-op 101
||What do our students say?
||Engaging Community Partners
||SoTL Research and Experiential Learning: Getting Started
| 2:45pm – 3:00pm
|| Closing Remarks
Dr. Norah McRae, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education, University of Waterloo
Norah McRae is known nationally and internationally as a leader in co-operative and experiential education. Her involvement in co-operative education, work-integrated learning and community engagement spans more than twenty years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement, work-integrated learning and intercultural competency development. Norah will be presenting on the evolving landscape of experiential learning and creating quality EL experiences.
Victor Saad, Founder, Experience Institute
In 2012, after five years of working with middle school and high school students, Victor became curious about pursuing an MBA. But the options and costs didn't quite fit. So Victor designed his own Masters by embarking upon 12 projects in 12 months. He called it the Leap Year Project and his experiences culminated when he staged his graduation at a local TEDx and published a book of stories about people learning through risk. He later launched Experience Institute, an organization that helps college students and career professionals learn & grow through short-term, real-world experiences. His work has led him into collaborations with Stanford, Berkeley, Google, and Leo Burnett. In 2015, Victor was inducted into Forbes30Under30 for his work in education, and in 2017 joined the team at Stanford’s School of Engineering as a Lecturer in Design, helping students reimagine their learning through experience.