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Link, build, and produce

Students often have multiple 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.

Benefits
  • 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

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Student Spotlights

Student spotlights highlight individual student's experiential learning achievements. Students were nominated by faculty from across the curriculum and also had the opportunity to be a part of the informational video.

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Hackathon Podcast

Karen Velasquez, Director of Experiential Learning, interviewed Kevin Hallinan, a faculty member on UD's Hack-for-ImpACT Hackathon planning committee. Learn more about the in's and out's of the event in this podcast.

Upcoming EL Lab Events

Sep19

EL Lab: Creative Workshop

4 p.m. — 7 p.m.

Oct17

EL Lab: Creative Workshop

4 p.m. — 7 p.m.

Contact Us

Office of Experiential Learning

Roesch Library 034 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 

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