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Wednesday, June 22 • 11:15 - 12:15
CON01.16a - What does experiential learning mean for the humanities: A case for applied liberal arts

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The pressure to graduate students with “real world skills” is significant. Repeated studies in the US and Canada demonstrate that employers and businesses want the skills provided by the BA in these areas: problem solving, critical thinking, team work and communication. But how can experiential learning further the study of Liberal Arts? We need to do more than match students to existing employers. Using the tools that students acquire through each discipline we can offer opportunities to genuinely engage with real world problems inside and outside of the classroom by adopting the classic tenets of experiential learning as developed by educational theorists over the past century: Jean Piaget, John Dewy and David Kolb.

The presentation will focus on the case study of a successful applied Liberal Arts degree at Cape Breton University, created 40 years ago. The presenters will explore how experiential learning can move beyond learning by doing. Imagine what an Applied Liberal Arts degree could be.


Chantal Phillips

Chantal Phillips is the Student Placement Officer for Experiential Learning at CBU. She formerly held the position of Academic Librarian at the University of Guelph Ridgetown campus. Her research interests include access to information for community engagement.

Arja Vainio-Mattila

Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Cape Breton University
Dr. Arja Vainio-Mattila is the Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Cape Breton University. Formerly an Associate Professor of Global Development Studies at Huron University College and an ongoing Docent of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her academic... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT
Weldon Library 121 (Teaching Support Centre) Western University