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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. 

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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President 09.03.21
A Canvas for Creativity

"The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer," Katie Hill told students in her New Venture Creation class. Sitting in a classroom overlooking Main Street in the revitalized Dayton Arcade, I thought about the power of her words in this space.

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Sustainability 08.24.21
Former student’s podcast series recounts history of sustainability evolution at University of Dayton

University of Dayton graduate Sophia Palmer, a December 2020 UD grad who majored in mechanical engineering and earned a sustainability minor, developed a special four-part series that detailed four eras of how HSI and UD's sustainability program got to where it is and hinted at its future. The series starts with events beginning around 1985 and journeys through the decades after that led to a new strategic plan and the academic program offering four tracks in a major and a graduate certificate.

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Engineering 08.09.21
International Engineering Management Student: From Classroom to Community, "Just like that, UD Became My Home"

Fall 2019, Bhargavi Ravi came to the University of Dayton for graduate engineering management classes through the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology and has been enthusiastically "paving her future" ever since - extensive coursework, ETHOS internship, CityWide Dayton developer and Project Management of UD president.

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Career Development 07.06.21
The GEM Sparks Collab Between Brixilated and Dayton Sprouts

The GEM at the Hub was designed to be a space that allowed creative collaboration to thrive between community members and University of Dayton students. We started to bring in some of the people that we saw best demonstrating growth-mindset in the Dayton area and let them go to work. Turns out, whenever you bring a room full of creative collaborators together, the results are pretty incredible!

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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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CONTACT

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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