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How do Instructors Design Experiential Education Activities in Large, First Year Courses in the Faculty of Arts?

May 31, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This event is part of the CTLT Spring Institute, taking place from May 29–June 1, 2023.

This interactive panel brings together faculty members who have strong evidence-based beliefs in the teaching and learning outcomes that are possible through high quality experiential education (EE) in the classroom. Instructors from departments across the Faculty of Arts will share how they approach and design EE activities in their first year and/or large courses. In particular, these faculty will share their motivations for doing this work, as well as strategies, resources, barriers, and successes. The session will include a review of findings from interviews conducted with UBC Arts instructors involved in experiential education in 2022 (funded through UBC’s Advancing Education Renewal Fund).

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Be familiar with a diversity of approaches to incorporating EE activities into their courses
  • Consider how first year experiential learning can scaffold students’ preparation for experiential opportunities in third and fourth year courses
  • Increase their connection to the community of faculty and staff doing experiential education at UBC


  • Katherine Lyon, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Neil Armitage, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Qian Wang, Associate Professor of Teaching, Director, Language Programs, Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Brianne Orr-Alvarez, Associate Professor of Teaching, Spanish, Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Tamara Baldwin, Director, Office of Regional and International Community Engagement, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Naomi Hudson, Undergraduate Student and Research Assistant, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Valeria Perez, Undergraduate Student and Research Assistant, Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Assem Zhaksybay, Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Arts, UBCV

This event will be hosted both in-person and over Zoom.