- why smcs
- Experiential Learning
Learning by doing is more important than ever in preparing students for their academic goals, career pursuits, and the future of work.
Our experiential education approach provides authentic, dynamic, and meaningful opportunities for students to gain knowledge, inspire curiosity, and explore more deeply, while complementing the curriculum.
Designed and developed through our Community Engagement and Learning lead, each experiential initiative involves the collaboration of corporations, partner organizations, and our alumni and parent networks.
These practical, hands-on experiences open our students to enriched, real-world learning in multiple disciplines inside and outside the classroom by combining experiential learning with independent study and learning partnerships.
Using the curriculum as its base, our model invites inquiry, critical-thinking and collaboration by tying textbook content and classroom teaching with live, real-world examples involving various external organizations.
Part of a biology unit on the heart was further supplemented by a cardiac surgeon providing instruction on-campus, facilitating a discussion with students as a physician whose job entails operating on the human heart daily.
Specially designed practicums enabled law students to visit several leading firms to learn directly from a legal professional on subjects including: legal reasoning and writing, financing, trial and court preparation, litigation, and the evolving business-legal landscape.
Several computer science students were able to apply what they learned in class, with staff from one of the world’s leading sport and entertainment companies, MLSE.
The collaboration with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment provided students the chance to see and learn how computer science professionals and senior technicians work in a modern-day setting, while applying in-class learning to create a finished product.
An Indigenous Elder shared his knowledge and perspective with religious studies students in several sessions on topics aimed at expanding awareness and understanding of Indigenous peoples, their history and culture, the importance of Land Acknowledgements and more.
Each experiential learning opportunity opens a window for students into the world of work — in real-time.