Many courses and co-curricular (not-for-credit) activities at UA include experiential learning opportunities (ELOs). At UA, an (ELO) is an in-depth experience related to one’s academic program of study (i.e., practicum, internship, co-op, clinical, field-work, research apprenticeship, student teaching, public art exhibition or arts performance, etc.) that engages students in the application of classroom learning to real-world problem solving under the supervision of an experienced practitioner, with structured opportunities for learning from that experience.
In an ELO, students:
- Apply knowledge and skills in addressing authentic, complex problems within diverse contexts relevant to their lives and future careers
- Take risks in proposing and implementing solutions to “real-world” problems relevant to their lives and future careers
- Purposefully reflect on the development of their problem-solving skills
- Have opportunities to share what they’ve learned through their ELO
The continued growth and development of high quality experiential learning opportunities is supported by the Learning in Action Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).