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.

Tentative schedule

3-3:25 p.m. Registration

3:30 p.m.


Keynote speaker: Kim Kiloh

Director of UBC’s Centre for Student Involvement & Careers

“There is no one idea for your life. There are many lives you could live happily and productively.”

Kim will be speaking about design thinking and leading a quick interactive workshop for participants to plan future career options, and get rid of dysfunctional beliefs to reframe your life.

4:15 p.m.




Student speakers

Jennette Chalcraft (dual MASLIS) – MAS 2017 Arts Co-op student of the year

Kristina McGuirk (dual MASLIS) – MLIS 2017 Arts Co-op student of the year

Emily Sugerman (MLIS) – Professional experience at the Western Front Society

Break for wine and cheese, refreshments

5 p.m. Poster presentations from students on their co-op, internship, and professional experience opportunities
6-7 p.m. Networking opportunity




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