Student Learning

Local residents and students in creative writing workshop

The Learning Exchange can partner with faculty on a range of community-learning experiences for students:

  • Opportunities include projects, placements, internships, research, and running entire courses in the space
  • The welcoming environment is both a UBC space and a community space
  • Regular support is given by UBC staff who work every day with local residents
  • Student experiences are tailored to their learning goals, level of study, and level of community experience

Please contact Angela Towle to discuss the possibilities for student learning at the Learning Exchange*.

Examples of previous student learning:

  • ECON 317 & 335: Students in Dr. Catherine Douglas’ economics classes developed and led workshops and discussion groups for marginalized local residents. Topics such as economics, current affairs and business English were very relevant for the residents. Students interacted with people who were living the experiences that the students were studying in class, testing and reinforcing students’ theoretical grasp of the issues.
  • CIVL 202: Civil Engineering students learned about social sustainability and project management. They worked alongside local residents to design and build desks, workbenches and studio space for Learning Exchange activities and to train local residents on Google SketchUp.
  • PSYC 420: Students such as Lena Yuen learned to leave their comfort zones, for example interacting with marginalized individuals and dealing with the perception of being privileged. Students facilitated activities such as Spanish workshops, local sound mapping, and personal responses to music. They were encouraged to reflect on the real-life ambiguities and uncertainties they encountered, deepening their understanding of community psychology theory.
  • ANTH 405 / SOCI 495: The six-week intensive Immigrant Vancouver Ethnographic Field School (IVEFS) ran at the Learning Exchange. Students had classes, group meetings and office hours in the space, and had many informal interactions with community members at the Learning Exchange. Four students did their community placement with ESL learners, exploring immigration, culture and language.


* If you are looking for ideas on how to more generally develop a community-based experiential learning aspect into your course, please contact the Centre for Community Engaged Learning.