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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.

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Mission

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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Law 01.26.21
Two Dayton Law Students Compete in Diversity Case Competition

The two 1Ls got a chance to put into practice what they’ve learned so far in law school.

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Experiential Learning 01.25.21
A House is Not Built in One Day

Samuel Attea ’22 reflects on how courses in the Common Academic Program prepared him to partake in a Flyer Consulting project for Fundacion Raiz in Ecuador.

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Sustainability 01.25.21
‘Dayton Sprouts’ food literacy program wins $50,000 grant; co-authors from UD wrote application for city

A city of Dayton program to educate children about the importance of living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle recently won a $50,000 grant from the United States Conference of Mayors. The grant for Dayton Sprouts, part of the Childhood Obesity Prevention/Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards, was written for the city by University of Dayton graduates Meg Maloney and Sarah Richard. It was one of nine grants awarded nationally by the mayors’ conference and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA). “Each week, we will have a different theme and activities that will go with that theme,” Maloney said. “At the beginning of camp, each child will receive a passport which is an activity booklet that will help guide them through the program throughout the summer."

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President 01.14.21
Heroic Work

With a lead time of just a dozen days, hundreds of University of Dayton faculty hastily moved last spring’s courses to Zoom rooms. Many had never taught online, and some found themselves helping their young children adapt to virtual classes, too. Their teaching space blurred into their living space as the pandemic turned all of our lives upside down in a blink.

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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
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EL Lab Information

Learn more about our monthly experiential learning lab.

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