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EL Spotlights

Re-imagining experiential learning during the pandemic
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EL Hub director, Anita Abraham, was featured in a University Affairs article discussing how Ryerson has pivoted to continue offering students a quality hands-on learning experience. Check out the article today.

Becoming 'water-wise'

Students from the Faculty of Community Services travelled to rural communities in Kerala, India exploring sustainable water practices as part of a ‘Live-in-Labs’ experiential learning program.

Architectural Science Design Build Studio

As part of the Architectural Science Design Build Studio, students revamped an existing nature pavilion for children living with neurological diseases.

Green Iglu

Ted Rogers School of Management students answered the call to help cut fresh produce costs in half within Nunavut communities by building innovative greenhouses which use passive solar design, hydroponics and vertical farming technologies.


“In its simplest form, experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.”

Lewis and Williams (1994)
Anita Abraham, Director, Experiential Learning
Anita Abraham, Director, Experiential Learning

Why experiential learning is a hallmark of Ryerson's educational experience

Director's note:

In my first year as Director of Experiential Learning, I am thrilled with the opportunity to discover the diversity and depth of academic EL opportunities that exist throughout the university.  We are not only focused on creating more opportunities for our students; we are committed to deepening experiences to ensure our students are developing skills and characteristics that will serve them throughout their lives. Doing so means aligning our current EL opportunities and continuing to build on them to ensure we have a level of excellence that our students and community have come to expect.

As part of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, experiential learning will serve as a hub and act as a gathering place for ideas, knowledge creation, and vision building. We are delighted to offer this website as a first step and resource in bringing these goals together.  Stay tuned for the latest on EL at Ryerson and ways to get involved.

Anita Abraham
Director, Experiential Learning