Learning about theories, concepts, and formulas in the classroom is just the first step of your journey at TWU.
Bridging classroom learning with "real world" experiences allow you to apply what you have learned. This direct experience and reflection best describes Experiential Learning. Extend your learning beyond the classroom with diverse, hands-on opportunities that allow you to make the most of your college experience and reach your personal and professional goals.
The Experiential Student Scholar Program allows students to engage in learning through the dynamic process of research where students can develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting.
The Experiential Project Presentation Support Program supports undergraduate & graduate Experiential Student Scholars in partnering with a faculty or staff mentor to present findings from experiential projects at state, regional, national, and international academic forums.
- Internships (includes practicums and cooperative education)
- Community engagement (service-learning and volunteering)
- Education abroad (internships abroad or service abroad)
- Research (basic and applied)
- Student organization leadership
- Job shadowing
With Experiential Learning at TWU, you’ll find an opportunity to take an experiential learning-related activity and transform it into original, intellectually-compelling research through the Experiential Student Scholars Program.
Experiential learning typically involves:
Within a mentorship relationship, students actively collaborate with TWU faculty or staff members who provide regular, constructive feedback and guidance to support reflection and growth. Faculty and staff are to support students in developing their own research, not work on the faculty/staff research agenda.
In intensive and/or sustained involvement in everything from proposing a project to dissemination, students engage with the content of their choosing and invest a great deal of time, effort, and attention to foster deep learning.
Students push their own boundaries — personally and professionally — by engaging in real-world problem-solving through hands-on application of classroom theories and/or simulation of skills external to the classroom.
Students take ownership of the experiential learning process, exercising independent judgment and autonomy in initiating and executing projects and activities.
Students engage in reflection on their process and projects/activities, developing the ability to articulate personal, social, and/or academic learning. Students are also able to articulate what knowledge, values, and beliefs were developed in the process.
Where are we?
Experiential Learning is located in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Our programs and resources are available to students and faculty on all campuses.
For more information
Director, Internships & Experiential Learning