A novel feature of our programs is the inclusion of community-based projects in course-related experiential opportunities. These unique courses are designed to include key elements, adapted from the Association for Experiential Education.
Community engagement opportunities are carefully chosen and linked to discipline-specific course content, keeping with key principles in mind and with the expectation that:
- Learning is supported by reflection and critical analysis.
- Experiences are structured to require the student to take initiative, make decisions, acknowledge the opinions of others, consider the evidence, change course of action, and be accountable for results.
- Students are engaged intellectually, emotionally and socially because the learning is a product of an authentic experience.
- The instructor and student may experience success, failure, adventure, risk-taking and uncertainty because the outcomes of the experience can't totally be predicted.
Below are some examples of courses in which our instructors have embedded experiential, collaborative, community-based projects into the course and classroom experience: