In 2016-2017, experiential learning (EL) was defined by the University of Guelph’s Experiential Learning Task Force as: A pedagogical practice whereby students gain new knowledge, skills and abilities due to the intentional application of classroom learning in a workplace or simulated workplace setting. Experiential learning opportunities are grounded in an intentional learning cycle and clearly defined learning outcomes. They engage students actively in creating knowledge and critically reflecting on their experiences, allowing them to understand how to transfer their knowledge and skills to future endeavours.
AFI student employment opportunities are associated with key learning outcomes specific to the position and are informed by best practices in experiential learning. Students working at AFI will not only develop key employability skills in demand by today’s employers, but will also be exposed to leaders in the academic setting and be a part of the larger AFI mission to elevate food and improve life at the University of Guelph, Canada’s Food University. Participating students gain on-the-job training that integrates education, career development and public service, and join a small but unified group of staff and faculty working to fulfill the AFI mission. AFI is able to employ students on a rolling basis during the academic school year as well as during the summer term and positions range from 4 – 8 months.