ExCEL: A Unique Approach to Providing Experiential Learning Opportunities

Kelton Friedrich
2013 Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)  
McMaster University's proposed Engineering Centre for Experiential Learning (ExCEL) is a novel example of providing a deep student learning experience outside of the traditional academic experience, and one in which experiential learning opportunities are intended to drive the development of additional learning opportunities. The ExCEL Initiative has students engaged in goal setting and fundraising, and actively involved in the design, construction and management of an engineering student
more » ... ering student centre building that will support future experiential learning opportunities for students. This integrates a diverse range of engineering pedagogical topics including open ended design, multi-disciplinary collaboration, sustainability, work-integrated learning, industry-academic collaboration, project-based learning and professional development. This learning opportunity will be analyzed on how it was leveraged and integrated to address this host of pedagogical topics through a real world project. Detailing this unique example will allow the rich learning aspects of it to be implemented by other educators in other engineering education institutions.
doi:10.24908/pceea.v0i0.4914 fatcat:rbsmxz64xravxjpp7nkdxhgxhu