Experiential Learning Day

design thinking

The iSchool is committed to providing students with a variety of experiential learning experiences while they work on their degrees. The iSchool offers professional learning, internships and practicum placements for students, as well as co-op positions through the Arts Co-op Program. Experiential Learning Day is an annual event that recognizes the valuable work done by students in experiential programs. It also offers a chance for prospective employers to learn about the program and what iSchool students can offer their organizations.

The 2018 annual Experiential Learning Day event will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Thea Lounge in the Graduate Student Centre. The event will feature a keynote speaker, a student panel, and poster presentations from students, followed by a wine and cheese networking session. This year’s theme for Experiential Learning Day is Design thinking: your life, your career, and will highlight ways young professionals can use design thinking to improve both their personal and professional lives.

All are invited to attend Experiential Learning Day and learn more about the work of students in libraries, archives, museums and cultural institutions. The event is free and open to the public – iSchool alumni, those in the information profession, and Arts Co-op employers are encouraged to attend.

To attend the event, please RSVP.


A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the event date.


Call for posters

Any students who have participated in an experiential learning program are eligible to submit a poster presentation. Students who have already created a poster as part of their co-op final report may submit their poster for inclusion.

Posters should be 24 inches tall by 36 inches wide, and must be submitted digitally.

Students creating new posters can use the provided template (in PPT), or supply a PDF file (from InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop).

Posters must be a minimum of 150dpi, and should address: experiences that made your placement stand out, reflections on overall learning during placement, accomplishments/challenges/lessons learned, reflections on connections between work and studies, or reflections on the effect of placement on your studies (academic and career goals).

The iSchool will cover any costs associated with printing posters, students are not required to print their posters for submission.

Please submit PDF or PPT files via the submission form by midnight on Sunday, March 18.

Students are expected to attend the event for questions about their posters.

Suggestions for effective poster presentations:

  • Tell readers why your work matters, what you did, what you found, and what you recommend.
  • Overall appearance: use a pleasing arrangement of graphics, text, colors. Your poster should be neat and uncluttered – use white space to help organize sections. Balance the placement of text and figures.
  • Use headings to help readers find what they’re looking for: objective, results, conclusions, etc. A columnar format helps traffic flow in a crowded poster session.
  • Minimize text–use graphics.
  • All text should be large enough to read from 1-2 meters away, including the text in figures.
  • Use color cautiously. Use lighter coloured background with darker coloured fonts and graphics.
  • Avoid patterns, which can be difficult to read.
  • Organize your information so that it reads in a logical matter from the top left to the bottom right.

Other resources for effective poster presentations:


For questions about poster submission, please contact Chris Fernandez, iSchool Education Services Coordinator.

The iSchool and Arts Co-op Program hosted its first Experiential Learning Day on April 7, 2017, showcasing the work of iSchool students through co-op, internship, professional experience and practicum placements.

Our theme for our inaugural year of Experiential Learning Day was Why Engagement Matters. Susan Grossman, Director of the UBC's Centre for Community Engaged Learning presented the keynote "Education for Impact."

Thank you to everyone who presented, and attended the event in support of the School and students participating.

Keynote Speaker:

Susan Grossman

Director, Centre for Community Engaged Learning

"Education for Impact"

Susan Grossman has been at the University of British Columbia since 2008 and has served as the Director, Centre for Community Engaged Learning, since 2011. Prior to UBC she worked at various higher education institutions including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland Law School, and Reed College. She is a professional educator, skillful relationship builder, community engagement specialist, capacity builder, and strategic leader. Susan holds a Masters from the University of Michigan Centre for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education; a Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy; and a Bachelors in History from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.


Student Experiences

Presentations were given by students representing the experiential learning opportunities provided through the School and the Faculty of Arts Co-op office:

Mark Penney, CRNBC
MAS Arts Co-op Placement

Lara Maestro, UBCO Library Special Collections & Archives
MAS Arts Co-op Placement

Simon Robins, UBCO
MLIS Arts Co-op Placement

Kristina McGuirk, Drake University
MAS Internship

Suzanne Jay, UBC iSchool-See Also
MLIS Professional Experience

Shannon Cheng, BC Cancer Agency
MLIS Practicum

UBC Asian Library Co-op Kyung Eun (Alex) Hur

Ericsson Co-op Placement Qian Yang

Vancouver Art Gallery Co-op Placement Rebekah Taylor

McBride & District Public Library Co-op Placement Simon Robins

Environment and Climate Change Canada Kate Shuttleworth

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva Salma Berrada

Office of the Auditor General Dalen Klassen

Canada Revenue Agency Emily Nickerson

UBC Library Systems & IT Rebecca Dickson

Bamfield Marine Science Centre Alisa Lazear

Nikkei National Museum Christopher Tam

North Olympic Library System Ean Henninger

Sovereign Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller Robin Koning