What is the Experiential Learning Requirement?
The University Council approved the Experiential Learning Requirement on April 22, 2015. See full details of the requirement.
I already offer experiential learning opportunities in my classes. How can I be sure my course(s) will fulfill the requirement for students?
Each school and college has an implementation plan that details how its students will fulfill the requirement. Please check the EL Courses and Activities page for the most current implementation plan for each college. Each college has an Experiential Learning Certification Officer who serves as a resource and liaison for faculty and students. See the instructions on how to submit experiential learning course proposals through CAPA and the learning outcomes for all six areas for additional information.
I am not interested in changing my courses, developing new experiential courses or supervising internships. Will I be required to do so?
No. Not all faculty members will choose to incorporate experiential learning into their curriculum, and not all academic experiences necessarily lend themselves to experiential models of instruction. Faculty supervision of independent research, directed study, or internships will remain at the discretion of faculty members as defined by current policy and practice in their schools and colleges.
What resources are available to me if I want to get involved in experiential learning?
UGA has in place a number of programs and offices that provide support for faculty in experiential domains; some of these offices offer fellowship programs and/or small grants to support innovative curriculum development. See the Resources page to connect with these offices for information and support. UGA will also create and expand strategic faculty development opportunities and resources as the experiential learning initiative grows in the coming years. Please contact the Office of Experiential Learning if you have suggestions for high-impact investments that would help you build experiential learning opportunities. As resources are identified and developed, they will be added to this website and disseminated to faculty through various means.
What kind of learning outcomes should students demonstrate through the Experiential Learning Requirement?
Graduates who fulfill the requirement through undergraduate research will demonstrate and describe how systematic and in-depth inquiry into a problem contributes to the discovery or interpretation of knowledge significant to their field of study.
Study Abroad/Field School
Graduates who fulfill the requirement through study abroad or field school will interact with a culture and/or region distinct from their own and engage in academic inquiry and application afforded by the specific off-campus setting.
Graduates who fulfill the requirement through service-learning will demonstrate the ability to identify a community need and strategies for addressing it through mutual learning, critical analysis, reflection and collaboration with a community partner.
Graduates who fulfill the requirement through an internship will have practiced skills or methods related to their field of study through supervised work in a professional or organizational setting.
Graduates who fulfill the requirement through other approved experiences will have articulated, implemented and reflected on a substantive application of their academic foundations to a real-world setting and/or challenge.