The 2016 Experiential Learning Fund Recipients

Ethnobotany-Class-2015 with elders, photo supplied

Ethnobotany Class 2015 with elders, photo supplied

A field course rooted in land-based reconciliation, a cultural immersion examining both historic and modern Korea, and a research trip to learn more about the diverse biological make-up of Western Canada’s threatened prairie ecosystem, these are just some of the student experience that will be supported by the Experiential Learning Fund in 2016. The fund is administered by the Experiential Learning Network (ELN), an engaged and knowledgeable team of students, staff, and faculty members dedicated to creating interactive ways of learning. Experiential learning has also been identified as a key component of Academic Excellence and Renewal in the University’s 2015 Strategic Directions.

“An experiential learning pedagogy is something that many faculties have used in their classrooms before there was ever an experiential learning fund,” said UWinnipeg’s Experiential Learning Coordinator, Daniel Leonard. “However, often the costs associated with some of these hands-on, active learning approaches can be a barrier for students and faculty. By having this fund available to support some of these creative and ambitious approaches to education, UWinnipeg is providing new opportunities for students and faculty to learn by actively engaging with the world around us.”

The ELN would like to thank all who applied. Courses were selected for funding by an ELN committee made up of faculty, students and staff. The interdisciplinary collection of ten ELN of projects/courses to be awarded funding for 2016 follows (in alphabetical order of faculty).

  • Shoal Lake 40: Land Based Reconciliation Field School
    Dr. Jobb Arnold, Menno Simons College, Conflict Resolutions Studies
  • Material Culture in Northern Plains Indigenous History
    Dr. Roland Bohr, Department of History
  • Integrating an Indigenous Perspective through Experiential Learning
    Terena Caryk, Scott Poole, Miranda Santolini- English Language Program
  • Feminist Art and Resistance
    Dr. Roewen Crowe, Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)
  • Outdoor Recreation and Applied Health
    Dr. Nathan Hall, Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health
  • Designing Interactive Children’s Book Exhibits at the University of Winnipeg Library
    Dr. Naomi Hamer, Department of English
  • Gwangju, Korea Field School
    Dr. Youngok Kang-Bohr, Department of Religion and Culture
  • Prairie Ecology Field Course
    Dr. Susan Lingle, Department of Biology
  • Do Development Differently: A Video Story
    Claire Reid, Director Master’s in Development Practice
  • Rebuilding Tagdaan: Learning about Community in Context
    Dr. Dawn Sutherland, Faculty of Education

The Experiential Learning Fund was established through the President’s Office to advance for-credit experiential learning at UWinnipeg. Since the fund was created, it has supported 44 experiential learning projects across a range of departments. The ELN is open to anyone interested in experiential learning; individuals are welcome to join monthly meetings where the group tests ideas, shares learning methods across departments and disciplines, and helps shape what experiential learning looks like at UWinnipeg. For more information please visit The Experiential Learning Fund.

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
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