"The greatest way to learn something is to have to explain it to someone else; you really get tested."

Dr Andrea Sella, Department of Chemistry


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Experiential learning

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:

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Tell us about the inspiring teaching and learning taking place in your department: email teaching.learning@ucl.ac.uk