Experiential Learning

LCR can be a key partner in developing high-quality experiential learning opportunities that cultivate “learning by doing.”

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential Learning (EL) is a form of learning–by-doing that bridges knowledge and experience through critical reflection. EL provides relevant, meaningful learning experiences that cultivate disciplinary excellence, critical thought, and skills development. These opportunities prepare students to lead and/or respond to change and thrive in an increasingly complex world.

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Experiential Learning at LCR



Using LabNext’s cutting edge technologies and services, Jonathan Monfries and John Baziuk (M.Arch ’21) designed their Comprehensive Studio project for the Master of Architecture in Virtual Reality.

Virtual Reality

Digital Services

In collaboration with Digital Services, students in upper year Zoology classes have collected, digitized, and described Invertebrate specimens to create digital objects in LCR’s digital collections systems.

Nickle and Founders’ Galleries

Nickle and Founders’ Galleries

Undergraduate and graduate students can gain hands-on museum and curatorial experience by working directly with the money, art and rug collections at Nickle Galleries. Experiential learning includes collections and records management, exhibition curation and installation, research and best museum practices.

Founders' Gallery
Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections

Undergraduate students in English courses were given the chance to become digital curators for a semester working with Archives and Special Collections to select unique archival materials, and with Digitization and Repository Services to create digital exhibitions using Omeka.

Digital Exhibitions

Supports for experiential learning at LCR

LCR’s librarians, archivists, curators and staff, as well as our state of the art services and spaces, are here to support experiential learning opportunities, including:

Work integrated learning

Student work and volunteer placements and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in the fields of libraries, archives, galleries, information technology, and more.

Curriculum-integrated learning

Support for instructors in instruction and assessment for experiential learning opportunities in the classroom, as well as support in designing course-based experiential learning projects and assignments using our spaces, collections and digital tools.

Co-curricular learning

Workshops and training to develop skills in information literacy, publishing, audiovisual editing, data management and analysis, and a wide variety of digital tools. Services such as a Makerspace, Visualization and Virtual Reality Studios, A/V editing suites, and other state-of-the-art facilities can also support course-based projects as well as co-curricular events.

Research-integrated learning

Research support, including support for PURE and CURE projects by our subject librarians.

Community-engaged learning

LCR can serve as a community partner or site for a case or field studies.

Student employment

Read more about work and volunteer opportunities available to students at LCR

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Build skills in information literacy, data visualization, digital scholarship and more with our workshops