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Online Experiential Learning Development Program (OELDP)

Online Experiential Learning Development Program (OELDP)

Spring 2021 Program Focus: “Developing Effective Online Experiential Learning”

An Office of Experiential Learning x E-Learning Collaboration

February 19, 2021-April 9, 2021

Program Description: OELDP is a 4 session program designed to help faculty develop online experiential learning (EL) activities for their courses, using e-learning resources and online education tools to incorporate a virtual EL experience into a Fall 2021 course. The program is a collaboration between the Office of E-Learning and Experiential Learning, and offers faculty a unique opportunity how they can utilize available online resources at UD to create innovative EL opportunities for students in their courses, at a time when many EL programs and activities are moving into online/virtual spaces in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Office of E-Learning instructional designer Paul Dagnall will be presenting and sharing expertise and resources on effective online teaching strategies. Karen Lovett, Director of Experiential Learning, will facilitate presentations on impactful virtual experiential learning examples from UD and best practices across higher ed. The program will also feature panel discussions featuring experiential educators with experience doing EL online.The program is open to all full time faculty. Participants would be eligible to receive the Experiential Learning Innovation Fund for Faculty (ELIFF) grant ($500-$1000) to implement the project in their course; the ELIFF provides funds to faculty for materials and costs associated with the online EL activities.

To apply, please fill out this application by Friday, January 22, 2021.

The program will introduce virtual EL opportunities which faculty can embed in Fall 2021 courses including:

Program Schedule: The program includes four 2 hour meetings on Fridays from 3:30-5:30, (2/19, 3/5, 3/19, and 4/9). The program also includes a final presentation where participants will present their virtual EL activity/program ideas and plans. Readings, videos, and other program materials will be assigned in advance of each session, made available in advance on Isidore. For more information please contact Karen Lovett, Director of Experiential Learning, at

Session 1: February 19, 2021 Introduction, overview of E-learning and Office of Experiential Learning resources, panel of speakers presenting on different online EL activities they’ve done in their own courses/programs; how to make a plan for what works best for your course/area, how to make a course accessible; how to design learning goals and objectives
Session 2: March 5 Additional panel presentations & Q&A, faculty work in groups to discuss ideas and interests, as well as possible collaborations
Session 3: March 19 Faculty bring a rough draft of how they will implement online EL in their Fall 2021 courses; work in groups to brainstorm learning goals/objectives for the online EL activity, and create a list of what resources and support they need to implement ideas
Session 4: April 9 OELDP Cohort Presentations (open to campus): faculty present their plan for implementing online EL activities in their courses

*Additional details and information will be added to the agenda/program curriculum prior to the start of the program.

Please contact Karen Lovett, Director of Experiential Learning, at with any questions.


Office of Experiential Learning

Roesch Library
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469