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"Teaching is about creating those moments where the world suddenly makes a little bit more sense."
Dr Ben Hanson, Department of Mechanical Engineering
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- Department of Electronic and Electric Engineering: Highlights examples of experiential learning within the curriculum.
- www.skills4work.net: A website dedicated to UCL students, helping them to meet employers and gain skills for employment
Experiential learning is essentially learning through doing. There are substantial benefits in giving students first-hand experiences of their subjects. For example, it helps them to apply greater understanding to course-content, students share knowledge with each other, motivation is increased and they have a sense of ownership of their subject.
UCL encourages all departments to incorporate experiential learning dimensions into their teaching. UCL is particularly interested in providing experiential learning in a workplace environment. The Volunteer Services Unit and the Careers Service helps departments source placements that are relevant to particular subjects.
Departments that incorporate elements of experiential learning into their teaching have enjoyed excellent results. Examples include:
- The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering - scenario and problem-based learning
- DPU case study - a scenario-based seminar working with NGOs and UN staff
- Astrophysics department - helping junior undergraduates develop their research skills
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