Learning Through Experience
Sharing our successes with experiential learning at UNB

Student creates videos series as part of community-based internship program

Andie Mollins and Lee Whelan

Posted: March 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Student Champions


This project was supported by the Arts Internship, a community-engaged experiential learning program create by UNB’s Faculty or Arts. Two internship courses, ARTS 3000 (unpaid) and ARTS 4000 (paid) provide arts students with opportunities to develop practical skills and while gaining credit hours they can put towards completing their degree. Andie Mollins, a 3rd year BA student double majoring in History and Sociology at UNB Fredericton, created a video series about the L'Arche...

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Joys of the Journey- Nursing Students on Campobello Island

Sandy MacKay

Posted: March 25, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Student Champions


Campobello Island is one of the most remote corners of Canada. This island in the Bay of Fundy is accessible -when the seas are calm- by one ferry to Deer Island and then another ferry from Deer Island to Campobello. Otherwise, access to the island is by bridge from Maine. Travelers from mainland NB must enter the USA, travel through rural Maine and re-enter Canada, crossing the bridge back onto the island and back into Canada. Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello island The island...

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Curriculum mapping project explore experiential learning in science courses

Hala Nasir

Posted: February 11, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Student Champions


Experiential learning is a timely and topical area of research.  Experiential learning presents the idea that valuable learning happens when students are engaged in authentic experiences, and that students build deep knowledge through intentional reflection on those experiences. Experiential learning is an example of high-impact learning, allowing students to apply their learning far beyond the classroom setting. The Science Experiential Learning Curriculum Mapping Project is part of...

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Student research project releases report on the community impact of experiential learning at UNB

Lee Whelan

Posted: January 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Student Champions


In the summer of 2021, a team of student researchers were tasked with performing an evaluation of the community impact of experiential learning programs at UNB. The project, ExperienceNB, was first of its kind in Canada and assessed various dimensions of community engagement through faculty surveys and interviews with students and employers. In the final report, student discovered that although UNB has been successful at engaging with the community through experiential learning, the...

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Student interns apply skills learned in classroom in community projects

Lee Whelan

Posted: January 21, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Student Champions


This summer, the University of New Brunswick launched the EngagedUNB Summer Internship Program campus wide, matching 41 equity-deserving students with 31 community-oriented organizations and businesses cross the province. Students applied skills learned in the classroom to projects ranging from website development to data collection, all with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. Three UNB students shared how this community-engaged learning opportunity impacted...

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Students research transportation needs in rural New Brunswick

Lee Whelan

Posted: January 18, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Student Champions


UNB’s Alumni News Magazine has featured a story about the Office of Experiential Education’s pilot program, Experience Upper River Valley. In partnership with McCain Food Ltd. and various community partners, the project provided students with experiential learning opportunities that aimed to increase access to transportation and healthcare. In phase 1 of the project, an interdisciplinary team of students conducted a needs assessment of transportation in the upper river valley by...

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How reflection helps students learn

Lee Whelan

Posted: December 17, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Student Champions , Faculty Champions


Reflection is an integral part of experiential education. To truly get the benefits from experiential learning, students need to actively reflect on their experience to understand not only what they learned, but how they learned it. This process improves student’s problem-solving skills, as well as their ability to self-regulate their learning and manage their time. Most importantly, with guidance from educators and mentors, it allows them to “challenge underlying assumptions, and...

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Campus Closet Reopens in 2021

Lee Whelan and Annaka Roscoe

Posted: December 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Student Champions , ExperienceUNB


In November 2019, with the help of the Office of Experiential Education, students Peyton Juhnke and Annaka Roscoe launched Campus Closet. The program’s founders recognized that for many students finding affordable business clothes for job interviews, presentations and the workplace can be extremely challenging. Thankfully, their initial call for donations was met with an overwhelming response and since then students on the Fredericton have been able to choose from a wide variety of...

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UNB-SJ to host experiential education showcase

myUNB News

Posted: December 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Student Champions , Community Partners


The University of New Brunswick's Office of Experiential Education will host a showcase on Monday, Dec. 6, from 12 - 1 p.m., at the Whitebone Pizzeria, in the Thomas J. Condon Student Centre. The showcase, which is open to the UNB community, will feature experiential learning projects by students in all three faculties at UNB Saint John. Courses featured will include the following:   SOCS4501, Campus as a Living...

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Student researchers find potential healthcare savings

Lee Whelan

Posted: December 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Student Champions


Experiential education not only provides students with the professional and soft skills necessary for succeeding in todays’ workplaces, but also gives students a meaningful connection to the communities they live. This connection is essential for a province like New Brunswick to retain graduates who can use their professional experience and fresh ideas for the future of our province.   This is why the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) developed...

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