Millinda Fowles
University Career Center

Career & Experiential Learning Offices bring Experiential Learning Institute to KU

Thu, 09/23/2021

LAWRENCE — This fall, 15 faculty and instructional staff from across University of Kansas units will be completing a six-week virtual experiential learning training program administered by the Institute for Experiential Learning (IFEL) through a partnership with the Office of Academic Programs & Experiential Learning. The program will expose participants to a research-based, intentionally developed approach to designing effective experiential learning activities that can transform the classroom environment.

By the end of the program, each participate will have created a plan tailored to their discipline and teaching style for integrating experiential learning into their courses. The plan will include learning outcomes, structure, experiential learning elements and assessment tools. Additionally, participants will practice the use of a process model that will allow them to easily create new or modify existing experiential learning activities.

“The training our staff and faculty will receive from the Institute for Experiential Learning will have far-reaching benefits for students from a variety of academic disciplines, deepening their intellectual engagement through innovative, hands-on experiences,” said Susan Klusmeier, vice provost for academic success.

Participants for the program were selected through an application process. Program participants include:

  • Ljudmila Bilkic, Department of German Studies
  • Peter Bobkowski, William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications
  • Bianca Boyd, Academic Programs & Experiential Learning
  • Sarah Browne, Department of Mathematics
  • Symantha Dawson, University Career Center
  • Rachel Davis, Academic Programs & Experiential Learning
  • Millinda Fowles, Academic Programs & Experiential Learning
  • Corey Green, School of Business
  • Krysta Green, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing
  • Kate Kemper, Center for Service Learning
  • Kate Nygren, Academic Programs & Experiential Learning
  • Cristina Marquez, School of Social Welfare
  • Emily Rountree, Center for Service Learning
  • Tracy Runck University Career Center & Academic Programs & Experiential Learning
  • Emily Vietti, Institute for Leadership Studies

Experiential learning activities such as research with a faculty member, service and community-based learning, internships and problem-based learning contribute to the persistence and graduation rates for students. The Career & Experiential Learning units within Academic Success are committed to ensuring career and experiential learning opportunities are available to all students by reducing barriers to participation and expanding opportunities.

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