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Office of Experiential Learning

IMPORTANT: University EL Guidelines for Spring 2021

EL activities which traditionally take place off-campus and in the Dayton area (community-engaged learning, service learning, volunteer work etc.) should transition to virtual alternatives or be postponed until further notice. All on-campus gatherings must adhere to general university recommendations for health and safety protocols and to the guidelines for gatherings and events. Faculty and staff conducting on-campus EL activities are required to consult their department chair/dean to discuss the specific details of their activities. Exceptions include EL programs that consist of off-campus paid employment positions (co-operative education, non-credit internships etc.) All experiential learning abroad has been postponed until further notice, with the exception of some travel that is being reviewed by the Path Forward Executive Task Force.

Click here for the full summary of EL guidelines for Spring 2021.


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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Experiential Learning Catalog

The catalog describes the diverse EL programs including community-engaged learning, research, education abroad, faith and vocation programs, leadership and professional development programs, co-ops, internships, project-based learning and more.

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Experiential Learning 04.29.21
Online Experiential Learning Development Program (OELDP) Faculty Explore Virtual Communities and Technologies to Enhance EL

This Spring, the Offices of Experiential Learning and eLearning collaborated on a pilot program for faculty entitled “Online Experiential Development Program”or OELDP. The goal of the program is to help faculty use best practices to develop online experiential learning (EL) activities for their courses. The 4 session program met from March-April 2021.

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Libraries 04.27.21
Making Connections: Exploring African American history and the UD Community

Heidi Gauder and Kristina Schulz help students use primary sources to reveal more of the African American story at UD and in Dayton during the first half of the 20th century.

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Humanities and Social Sciences 04.19.21
University of Dayton criminal justice studies course goes live with inmates serving sentences on death row

University of Dayton students in this spring’s Introduction to Criminal Justice course are learning first-hand about life on death row by speaking directly with inmates featured in the book Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row by author Tessie Castillo.

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Engineering 03.29.21
School of Engineering Dean's Fund for Excellence enables student domestic immersions and community partnerships

University of Dayton students, Elizabeth Musco, senior double major in engineering and dance, and Arvind Muthukumar Subramanian, graduate mechanical engineering student, are spending spring semester working with ETHOS partner, the HUB, in West Liberty, Ohio.

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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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