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Using the Experiential Learning Cycle to Create Impactful Learning

January 17, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This event is part of the TA Institute, taking place from January 16–19, 2023.

Eligibility: The TA Institute is open to all undergraduate TAs, graduate students who are interested in teaching, and all graduate student TAs. This session is not open to general undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, or faculty.

As a learner and a teacher, you have likely found that learning is more impactful when it happens through experience. In this session, you will become familiar with a model of experiential learning used extensively in higher education, known as the Experiential Learning Cycle, and apply it to lessons that you expect to teach as a TA. This model is particularly valuable for understanding the function of active learning in helping learners construct abstract concepts from concrete experiences and transfer those concepts into new contexts. This session will give you an opportunity to incorporate this model into your own unique way of supporting your students’ learning as a TA.


  • Sophie MacDonald, PhD Candidate, Mathematics Department
  • Julie McNutt, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry


If you wish to complete this workshop as part of either of the themes below to receive a Letter of Completion, you must complete:

  • the pre-session online module by January 16th, 2023 by 11:59 PM
  • Fully attend 4 sessions under each theme you want to complete (this means arriving on time and participating until the end of the session)
  • the post-session online module by January 27th, 2023 at 11:59 PM
  • a theme completion form by January 27th, 2023 at 11:59 PM (only complete this form once—make sure to indicate all themes and all sessions that you have completed).

Click HERE to access all pre- and post-session modules for each theme. If you have any questions about the pre or post work please reach out to CTLT.TAInstitute@ubc.ca.

This session falls into the following themes:

  • Experiential and Active Learning
  • In-Person Mode

TA Institute

This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5 themes. If you complete 4 workshops in a theme, complete the related pre- & post-session online modules and submit a theme completion form, you are eligible for a Letter of Completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. The Letter of Completion will include a brief description of the theme(s) that you completed, and how the work you did in the theme(s) support your development as a teacher.