Experiential Learning

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.

You may 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.

Experiential learning includes the following programs for students and faculty at all TWU locations:

Experiential Learning is co-located in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Experiential learning typically involves:

Collaboration
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. 

Engagement
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.

Problem-Solving 
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.

Ownership
Students takes ownerships of the experiential learning process, exercising independent judgment and autonomy in initiating and executing projects and activities.

Holistic Awareness
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.  

Examples of Experiential learning:

  • research (basic and applied)
  • internships
  • community engagement (service-learning and volunteering)
  • education abroad
  • practicums
  • student organization leadership

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.

 

For more information

Elia Tamplin, PhD
Coordinator of Experiential Learning
etamplin@twu.edu
940-898-4107

Page last updated 11:01 AM, March 18, 2021