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Office of Experiential Learning

University EL Guidelines for Fall 2020

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 no later than August 13. 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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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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Students and Campus Life 09.07.20
University of Dayton communication students to host independent film festival online

The show must go on — even amid a global pandemic. University of Dayton faculty and students have overcome challenges related to COVID-19 to put on the Dayton Independent Film Festival in a virtual format.

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Research 08.31.20
UD researcher participates in first global survey of glacial lakes

In the largest-ever study of glacial lakes, NASA-funded researchers — including University of Dayton geologist Umesh Haritashya and his student Katherine Strattman — found glacial lake volume has increased by about 50% worldwide since 1990 as glaciers melt and retreat due to climate change.

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Engineering 08.17.20
Immersed Remotely

Zach Gerlach never envisioned walking outside his family’s back door in Pittsburgh this summer for a School of Engineering immersion experience — let alone one that involved harvesting mushrooms.

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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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