Experiential Learning (EL) provides students with the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world settings. In collaboration with UCF colleges and faculty, employers, and community leaders, EL prepares students for academic and career success by helping them acquires essential skills such as leadership, communication, and critical thinking through experiences such as internships, co-ops, and service-learning.
What We Do
EL, part of the Division of Teaching and Learning, instructs and promotes applied learning courses, facilitates the development of quality experiential learning courses through collaboration with and training for faculty campus-wide, and partners with employers and community partners locally, nationally and internationally to help them access talented students and assist in the educational process.
Participating in experiential learning experiences, allows students to gain practical experience and apply what they learn in real-world settings. EL collaborates with colleges and units across the university to provide integrated programs so that all constituents can benefit from participation. With this approach, the academic and development needs of students, the instructional and research needs of faculty, and the workforce competency needs of employers can all be met.
Our ultimate educational goal is to ensure that all students have access to and include experiential learning courses in their academic programs to gain the relevant academic and professional skills they need to be work-ready and engaged citizens upon graduation.
- To ensure that all students have access to and include experiential learning courses in their academic programs to apply course content and gain relevant academic, personal and professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to become work-ready and engaged citizens upon graduation.
- To provide on-going professional development and support for department faculty to create and instruct quality internship and service-learning courses.
- Build strong partnerships with employers and community partners to produce strong learning environments for students while meeting workforce development needs.
EL continues to offer numerous initiatives to support the university and the community through collaborations and partnerships. Their faculty instruct co-op and internship courses, support faculty in the creation and development of internship and service-learning courses, provide best practices workshops, facilitate incentive funding approval processes against criteria, promote applied learning to students and maintain statistics on applied learning across campus.
Some of the examples that the department provides include:
- Funding and training for developing internships within the UCF departments
- Internship and co-op participation data for grant written proposals
- Data for various university reports and program accreditation
- Student recruitment and placement
- Contribute to and coordinate with faculty and employers on special grant funded programs