Waterloo ExL Symposium

Federation Hall
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT 
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Event Details

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?
  12:00pm – 12:45pm   Lunch
  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

Session Abstracts


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.


Victor Saad
Experience Institute
Dr. Norah McRae
University of Waterloo
Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education


Federation Hall
200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 CA


University of Waterloo
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