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Embedding Practical Learning in Curriculum: Experiences in Three Arts Courses

June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This event is part of the CTLT Spring Institute, taking place from June 3–6, 2024.

Practical learning is meant to engage students with real-life examples; stories from alumni, and applications of their discipline across different contexts. As a result, it can help students to further develop the skills and competencies that will follow them throughout their life. Integrating practical learning and connections with alumni in the classroom helps students to connect course concepts and professional skills.

In this panel session, you’ll hear from faculty members in Arts about how they created innovative Practical Learning curriculum to help students connect disciplinary learning and their futures, by helping students to see how their classroom learning could be applied in the workplace and the community.

In support of UBC’s goal of Transformative Learning Approaches (Strategy 13), this work was informed by a recent 10+ year UBC Faculty of Arts alumni survey which suggested that alumni wish they had been better equipped to communicate their skills and the strengths of their Arts major and degree when they graduated.

Moderator: Julie Walchli, Executive Director, Work Integrated Education and Career Initiatives, Faculty of Arts, UBCV


  • Richard Price, Professor, Political Science, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Catherine Rawn, Professor Teaching, Associate Head, Psychology, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Katja Thieme, Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Faculty of Arts, UBCV