Experiential learning fund

Community-engaged learning in action
Victoria High School students participating in a Holocaust education outreach event that was part of Dr. Charlotte Schallié's (Germanic and Slavic studies) CEL Grant participation (2015 recipient). Dr. Schallié's graduate student, Chorong Kim, produced an award-winning, 20-minute documentary about this project. (photo credit: Chorong Kim).

About the Experiential learning fund

The Experiential Learning Fund Grants are an expansion of the previous Community-Engaged Learning Grant and aim 1) to increase opportunities for students to participate in experiential learning, and 2) to build capacity for experiential learning at UVic. The Experiential Learning Fund supports a suite of grants: the Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Grant, Research-Enriched Teaching Grant, and Field-Based Learning Grant, as well as the CEL Emergent Activities Fund.

Interested in applying for a grant? Learn more about eligibility, the application process and recipient commitments.


Grant Recipients and Projects






Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (anthropology)

Students in ANTH 303

Students in ANTH 303, fall 2017.

RBCM sound station

Members of the “Listening to the RBCM” CEL Grant team, with a permanent listening station in Century Hall at the Royal BC Museum. This listening station houses soundscapes that accompany objects on exhibit at the museum. From left: Lydia Toorenburgh (project coordinator and playlist designer, anthropology), Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (assistant professor, anthropology) Mark McIntyre (teaching assistant, anthropology).

Listening to the RBCM: Support and development of an ongoing partnership between the Royal BC Museum and Anthropology of Sound (ANTH 303). Students create original sound compositions to accompany permanent exhibits at the museum. The project includes the creation of one playlist and two permanent listening stations at the museum.

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Deborah Curran (Environmental Law Centre)

Environmental Law Clinic Evaluation and Renewal: The Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) at UVic is the oldest law clinic in Canada with an environmental advocacy focus. Operating for over 20 years, students and supervising faculty/lawyers enhance the legal capacity of First Nations and community organizations across BC to improve and protect their environment. Instructors have provided largely the same experience to students for the past decade. Innovations in legal practice, integration of Indigenous rights, potential for involving other UVic students, and shifting client and student needs mandates the evaluation and refurbishment of the ELC as an integral clinically-based, experiential learning course in the Faculty of Law. 

Dr. John Lutz (history)

The UVic-Community Mapping Collaboratory (UVic CMC) Curriculum Project: Creation of community-based participatory mapping classroom resources, instructor’s manual and online platform (uvic.ca/mapping) to showcase student projects. Integration of resources in new class On this Spot: Putting Historical Events on the Map (HSTR 370).

Dr. Bruce Ravelli (sociology)

CEL Research Assistant & Community Success Liaison: Development of CEL course materials and resources as well as systems for developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with community partners. Integration of resources in two courses: Issues in Contemporary Sociology: Applied Sociology through Community Engagement (SOCI 438) and Honours Seminar (SOCI 499).

Dr. Karena Shaw (environmental studies)

Responding Critically to Colonization: Development of community-based understanding of the political ecology of traditional Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ territories—to bring more accountable ways of being in these territories. Students will: 1) contribute to a curricular resource for place-based studies and 2) contribute to building a Community Toolshed for restoring traditional plants on campus, inspired by Songhees leadership (especially Cheryl Bryce).


Dr. Sandra Hundza (exercise science, physical and health education)

Sandra Hundza

Dr. Sandra Hundza

Community-engaged learning in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education: Hundza developed Community Practicum Experience (EPHE 490) to include practical work experience for students in a supervised health/kinesiology work setting. Student outcomes include gaining an introductory understanding of the patient-practitioner relationship and the process of assessment, treatment and follow-up throughout recovery. The course ran as a pilot during summer 2017.

Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross (history)

Jordan Stanger-Ross

Dr. Jordan Stanger Ross. Photo: Chorong Kim 

Course redesign for: HSTR 329B: Race and Ethnicity in Canada since 1900: Stanger-Ross redeveloped Race and Ethnicity in Canada since 1900 (HIST 329B) in collaboration with graduate student Kaitlin Findlay and course instructor Dr. Georgia Sitara. HIST 329B provided students with an opportunity to conduct research that was featured in podcasts developed for a public history project. The redeveloped course ran in spring 2017 and culminated with outstanding podcasts presented at The Landscapes of Injustice Spring Institute Public Day. Landscapes of Injustice is a seven-year multi-partner research project exploring the forced dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s.

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Dr. George Tzanetakis (computer science)

George Tzanetakis

Dr. George Tzanetakis

Expanding the reach of the UVic Music Information Retrieval course: Tzanetakis redeveloped UVic Music Retrieval Techniques (CSC 475/575) to include the participation of local industry experts as guest lecturers. The redesigned course also includes automatic assessment and personalized background learning. Grant funds allowed Tzanetakis to work with an online course provider to produce higher quality online lectures. The revised course will be offered fall 2018.

Dr. Jennifer Wise (theatre)

Jennifer Wise

Dr. Jennifer Wise in Bastion Square with THEA 311 students warming up during a dress rehearsal for A Queer Trial.

Site-specific Community Play Project: Redevelopment of THEA 311. The production of A Queer Trial is the culmination of the student’s work in THEA 311 and incorporates the research and knowledge of members of BC’s Indigenous, LGBTQ2, Jewish, Black, and legal communities. Students take on key creative and production roles in A Queer Trial, from acting and singing to dramaturgy and historical research, from musical direction and choreography to costume design.

About A Queer Trial
In 1860, two successive Victoria juries effectively acquitted an openly gay man of sodomy charges, the first jury preferring to spend a night in jail themselves sooner than agree on a guilty verdict. The production is a culmination of THEA 311, a course about creating site-specific theatre, directed by UVic theatre alumnus Matthew Payne, who is also the Artistic Producer of Theatre SKAM. UVic theatre students dramatically reenact this surprisingly inspiring event from Victoria’s early colonial history—on the very site where it occurred.

Learn more and watch a short documentary produced by THEA 311 students about this site-specific play project.

Media Coverage


Dr. Jacquie Green and Kirsten Mikkelsen (social work)

School of Social Work, Indigenous Specialization. Redesign of Indigenous Specialization course, SOCW 391 “Indigenous Approaches to Healing"

Ryan Hilperts (environmental studies)

School of Environmental Studies Capstone Class and the Redfish School of Change.

David Leach (writing)

Re-imagining Our Future Together: Digital storytelling as a bridge between campus and civic culture.

Dr. Charlotte Schallié (Germanic and Slavic studies)

This project focused on Teaching the Holocaust through Graphic Novels and involved students and teachers at Victoria High School and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Dr. Schallié's graduate student, Chorong Kim, filmed an award-winning 20-minute documentary, Readers of the Holocaust, about the project.


Dr. Cameron Owens (geography)

Support for all Geography courses with special focus on: GEOG 209 Resource Management, GEOG 219 Geography of BC, GEOG 353 Coastal and Marine Resources, GEOG 355 Coastal Communities and GEOG 453 Consilience Field School.