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Office of Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning supports educators in developing, implementing, promoting, and assessing diverse EL opportunities at the university. OEL also creates communities of practice by connecting colleagues who are engaged in EL. By creating venues for the UD community to reflect on and share their EL knowledge and expertise, OEL strives to continuously foster innovative, high-impact learning opportunities. Click around to find stories of student success and learn about the variety of programs offered. 


Our unique Marianist approach to experiential learning means students engage in a rich abundance of hands-on learning opportunities in a collaborative, supportive community that values education of the whole person - mind, hands, and heart - in leadership and service for the common good.

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Get Involved

Check out some of these student resources to get involved in Experiential Learning (EL) in the Dayton Community. Apply for EL student stipends, schedule peer advising sessions and consultations, and look into our self-reflection guide. Learn about faculty projects happening around campus.

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Libraries 06.14.21
Library Spring Events: Connected Online

This spring, University Libraries faculty and staff were actively engaged with designing and hosting events for a variety of audiences. Not surprisingly, the virtual format of our programs allowed us to engage more people than ever.

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Human Rights 06.10.21
A Glimpse into Our Internships with Cristosal

Over the Spring 2021 semester, four students worked with Cristosal, a non-governmental organization promoting human rights in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They highlight their experiences working with the organization and the impact it had on their lives.

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Engineering 06.10.21
When passion takes flight

"The field of aerospace engineering was born out of passion," said Dr. Sid Gunasekaran, assistant professor, University of Dayton Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. "People have dedicated their lives to redefine what is impossible . . . some people see it as a legacy and a constant reminder of what humans can do if we set our hearts and minds to it."

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Human Rights 05.20.21
Podcasts: Looking at a Living Wage in Dayton as Economic Rights

This spring, HRC intern Ahmi’ Moore and classmates in Introduction to Human Rights produced a podcast exploring economic and human rights in Dayton, Ohio. The podcast features interviews with former Dayton City Commissioner and a UD economics professor on the current economic disparities faced by Dayton citizens and possible solutions. 

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Diverse Pedagogical Approaches to Experiential Learning: Multidisciplinary Case Studies, Reflections, and Strategies

Edited by Karen Lovett, Director of Experiential Learning at UD, this edited collection offers a unique multidisciplinary perspective into the many factors that go into designing, facilitating, expanding, and assessing experiential learning (EL) from the perspective of faculty and staff educators. The editor and contributors, all from UD, bring decades of expertise with different forms of EL, including community-engaged learning, education abroad, internships, and more.

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The Office of Experiential Learning

Roesch Library, Room 034
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469

EL Lab Information

Learn more about our monthly experiential learning lab.

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