Learning and growing together, through experience.
Why Experiential Learning is Important ?
Experiential learning is a part of both the curricular and co-curricular life of Trent, and has been for many years. Students, community organizations, staff, and faculty work and grow together through these deep teaching and learning opportunities. This includes community service learning, community based research, study abroad, placements, practica, internships, and more.
The benefits of experiential learning:
- Increased student engagement and academic success.
- Enhanced student employability on graduation
- Improved student retention
- New and strengthened community partnerships
- Robust and innovative undergraduate and graduate research programs
All of these experiential learning benefits contribute to Trent’s reputation as an innovative, high quality institution with strong student satisfaction and success rates.
Types of Experiential Learning
Through the Trent Community Research Centre, students gain academic credit and experience by undertaking supervised research projects with local community organizations. In community-based research, the questions come from the community and, using credible research methods, community members, researchers, professors and students work collaboratively to find the answers.
Our students gain invaluable skills and experience that prepare them for graduate school and beyond. A wide array of applied research opportunities exist in the form of thesis, reading course, or community-based research.
This includes internship opportunities in Business Administration throughout the Greater Peterborough and Durham Region as well as internships in Medical Sciences and Placement in Health Sciences, which allow students to prepare for careers in medical or applied health research, teaching, and med school.
Trent offers many field work opportunities on campus or in the local area, including the McLean Oliver Ecological Centre, the Trent University Nature Areas, the Trent Experimental Farm, the Trent Vegetable Garden and the Crime Scene House.
Note: Trent is committed to enhancing and expanding the range of experiential learning options available to students. However, all experiential learning opportunities must be evaluated for risk, cost of development and compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Act.