Students practicing skills in the fuselage

Experiential Learning at CTC

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn”

-Benjamin Franklin

Ever wonder why we have a Boeing 737-500 fuselage on our campus, or why we will be taking our Travel and Tourism students all the way to Europe to learn? The reason for both is the same: because an experiential, hands-on education plays a critical role in learning and retaining information. While lectures, assignments and tests are still essential, there is nothing quite like experiencing something for yourself. Here are three benefits of experiential learning:

It’s Fun!

Having fun and being engaged during your training is important because it helps you stay motivated and retain information better. Imagine that travelling to Europe was a mandatory part of your diploma program. Pretty exciting. Would you ever forget it? Probably not. When we challenge the norm of in-class learning, we create memorable experiences. Everything you learn firsthand, at a five-star hotel in London or on a tour of Versailles, is likely to stick with you much better than if you were to read about it in a textbook.

Develop your Problem Solving Skills

If you aren’t doing it yourself, you are likely hearing or reading about someone else doing it. While it is still valuable to learn through the experiences of others, there are many benefits of doing things yourself. For example, during a co-op work experience, you will likely come across many challenges that will require you to think fast. Coming up with solutions on-the-spot will build your problem solving skills over time and benefit you in other areas of life. Immersing yourself in something like a co-op program will also help you build your workplace communication skills and learn to adapt to unique situations.

Practice for the “Real World”

Practice makes perfect! Let’s say you have already practiced a skill in our on-campus fuselage. When it’s time for you to complete the same task on an actual airplane, it will feel familiar and comfortable. You will likely be more efficient and relaxed than someone who is new to the task and hasn’t yet practiced in real life. Hands-on training in the classroom also gives you the opportunity for instant feedback. Following an exercise, the instructor will be able to critique you and give tips to improve. Then once you are in the workplace, you will already have refined the skill. Your employer will be very impressed!

At Canadian Tourism College we strive to balance in-class learning with hands-on training for a complete educational experience. We keep our class sizes manageable so that we are able to continue to provide this type of training. Whether it’s in the on-campus fuselage, at a conference at Vancouver Convention Centre, or travelling to another continent, there is always an exciting new way to learn at CTC! If you’d like to learn more, join us at our upcoming information session. 

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