Outcome-Based EL

Communicating Multi-stakeholder Outcomes, Considering Factors, Creating Meaningful Experiential Learning!

Outcome-Based Experiential Learning

The Outcome-Based Experiential Learning Taxonomy offers:

  • 47 intended outcomes that stakeholders and co-creators may have for an experiential learning opportunity or experiential learning in general;
  • Five factors that influence experiential learning design that provides a planning checklist for experiences; and
  • A planning template for design discussions to align outcomes, activities, and assessments while considering the five factors.

Created by Carolyn Hoessler & Lorraine Godden based on a landscape scan review of institutional EL webpages in Ontario and Nova Scotia universities of 31 institutions and 127 online pages, and established learning theories. We are looking forward to expanding provinces and also including colleges. We have received feedback informally from career education professionals, faculty, government representatives and industry that the list is nearly complete; we are seeking partnerships to engage broadly to complete a full taxonomy.

Learn more
  • Download the conference slides from Cannexus
  • Download the planning template with outcomes and factors
  • Sign up for early alert for webinars
  • Watch the 4-minute interview with Carolyn and Lorraine (in 2020)
  • Download the guide (in 2020)
  • Book a workshop, presentation or consultation by emailing carolyn(at)hedbeyond.ca
Recent applications of Outcome-Based EL
  • Informing conversations with stakeholders to unpack broad goal statements of “for careers” or “for better learning”.
  • Distinguishing why labs may be experiential learning or might not be both based on the outcome and the resulting consideration of context (factor 1).
  • Talking to students about their goals (intended outcomes) for upcoming placements.