Link, build, and produce

Students often have multiple experiential learning (EL) experiences during their time at UD. How do these experiences link together and build upon each other? The EL Lab encourages students to think holistically about what they have learned, and consider how learning in one area applies to another, in order to create stories that integrate and synthesize lessons learned from experiences.

In the EL Lab, students will produce reflective narratives about their EL experiences using digital media and the guidance of peer mentors. Students will be given reflection prompts and concept mapping tools to develop their EL narratives. Using personal artifacts, digital media resources, and the guidance of peer advisors, they will create and document their stories. The purpose is to empower students to create unique and compelling stories about their educational experiences.

  • Students gain valuable practice sharing their unique perspectives, which builds and improves vital communication and presentation skills
  • Professional development opportunity for students; they gain confidence by expressing what they have learned and how they intend to make use of their knowledge in the future
  • Students can use recorded reflective narratives on their social media, LinkedIn, for interviews, and applications after graduation
  • Use of digital media in construction of narratives is essential for digital natives of today and tomorrow
  • Reflective narratives can inspire their fellow peers to get involved in EL
  • Reflective narratives illustrate how students learn most effectively by integrating experiences inside and beyond the classroom
  • Can inspire innovative pedagogy and more meaningful incorporation of EL best practices across campus
  • Can be replicated in any course to inspire and deepen learning

Breakdown of EL Lab

Part one: Guided Reflection, Students Reflect on their EL Experiences

Notecard Activity
. Students write down the different EL activities/programs they have participated in, as well as their roles in these experiences, skills learned, challenges encountered, and a realization or main takeaway from these experiences.


Integrated Story of Realizations. Students draft a story about the connections and integrations among their EL realizations. They reflect on how they engaged in self-guided learning through EL, how their knowledge has progressed over time, and how they plan to apply what they've learned to future contexts. They also connect their story to other aspects of EL, including leadership, vocation, diversity, intercultural awareness, faith, morals, and practical wisdom

Part two: Dialogue with Peers and Digital Story Telling

Share and Discuss ISOR.
 Students discuss and refine their ISORs while sharing a meal. Students reflect on the value and meaning of their EL experiences, practice presenting their stories, and learn from others' diverse insights.


Digital Storytelling.
Students select a medium (e-portfolio, presentation, drawing, or video) to present their ISORs to an external audience of their choice. With the guidance of the EL Lab facilitators, students produce creative pieces and are then interviewed on camera about their EL experiences and realizations.

Contact Us

Office of Experiential Learning

Roesch Library 034 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469