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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, values, behaviors, and attitudes through firsthand experiences outside of the traditional classroom. Experiential learning involves learning through doing, but more importantly “learning through reflection on doing,” and can involve an array of hands-on activities and experiences. Students who participate in experiential learning develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and are much better prepared for the workforce or advanced study after graduation.

All undergraduate students are required to complete at least one experiential learning activity before graduation. Our faculty have identified courses and other activities that will fulfill the requirement for students in each school and college. Advisors will help students find appropriate experiential learning opportunities.

The Experiential Learning Rubric provides a guide for faculty members and (non-credit) activity directors regarding key learning outcomes of the various areas of experiential learning at UGA, along with examples of the types of activities and artifacts that document those learning outcomes. The rubric is intended to provide more detailed guidance on the nature, extent, and types of documentation of learning outcomes that courses or activities must demonstrate in order to be approved for the EL Requirement.

TOOLS:

Non-Credit Activity Proposal Help Sheet

Course Proposal Help Sheet

To submit a request, please follow the steps below:

See below the process to have courses and non-credit activities included in school/college experiential learning plans.

EXISTING COURSES:
  • Departments/colleges identify courses they would like to include in the EL plan for their school/college
  • Using the CAPA system, department enters information/justification (why course should satisfy EL requirement) in the Non-Traditional Format field on the course application, then approves and submits courses to school/college level
    • Log into CAPA using your UGA MYID and Password.
    • Choose "Course Initiator" role
    • Click "Begin a Course Change Proposal"
    • Choose "course prefix" then "course ID"
    • Select "Non-Traditional Format" field
    • Enter information/justification in the Non-Traditional Format field (see EL rubric for justification). Be sure to include one desired EL area (creative, global, internship, leadership, research, or service). Be sure you identify how your course meets the specific Learning Outcomes in the EL rubric (engagement, mentorship, challenge, ownership, and self or social awareness). See an example of a course proposal approved for EL.
    • Enter "Originator of Request information" at the bottom of the application and submit
  • The course change application (with EL justification) is routed through the CAPA approval process to the school/college Dean’s Office staff and Curriculum Committee for approval
  • School/college forwards EL course requests (using the CAPA system) to the University Curriculum Committee (UCC)
  • EL subcommittee will meet and consider requests as they are received
  • Upon approval, courses will be added to the EL plan for the school/college
NEW COURSES:
  • Departments develop new courses they would like to include in the EL plan for the school/college and propose a new course application in the CAPA system
    • Log into CAPA using your UGA MYID and Password.
    • Choose "Course Initiator" role
    • Click "Begin a New Course Proposal"
    • Enter course prefix and number
    • Enter information for the new course on the application
    • Enter information/justification in the Non-Traditional Format field (see EL rubric for justification). Be sure to include one desired EL area (creative, global, internship, leadership, research, or service). Be sure you identify how your course meets the specific Learning Outcomes in the EL rubric (engagement, mentorship, challenge, ownership, and self or social awareness).
  • Department approves and submits courses to school/college level using the CAPA system
  • The new course application (with EL justification) is routed through the CAPA approval process to the school/college Dean’s Office staff and Curriculum Committee for approval. School/college forwards EL course requests (using the CAPA system) to the University Curriculum Committee (UCC).
  • School/college approves and submits courses to UCC using the CAPA system
  • If approved by the EL subcommittee, the EL approval will be noted on the course when the new course is approved
  • New courses are simultaneously submitted to the UCC for consideration
  • If approved by the UCC, new course proposals will be submitted to the Provost for consideration
  • If approved by the Provost, courses will be added to the EL plan for the school/college (after final approval in CAPA)
NON-CREDIT ACTIVITIES:
  • Non-credit activities that will satisfy the EL requirement for a school/college require school/college approval.
  • Non-credit activity proposals should be submitted at least three weeks prior to the UCC Experiential Learning Subcommittee meeting to allow adequate time for review and recommendations.
  • Non-credit activity proposals should indicate how the activity helps students achieve the learning outcomes as identified in the selected area of experiential learning (creative, global, internship, leadership, research, or service). 
  • Non-credit activity proposals should be submitted to the appropriate curriculum committee or other college faculty governance body, and then to the Dean’s Office. After consideration and approval by the school/college dean, please contact the Experiential Learning Office to request a link to add the proposal to Engage. A memo confirming dean or unit director approval for the proposal should be sent to the EL Office before review. The EL Office will review the proposal for completeness and alignment with EL learning outcomes, then forward it to the EL Subcommittee of the UCC for consideration. As with EL courses, non-credit activities approved for EL will be presented to the UCC as information items and added to the EL plan for the school/college.
  • To receive a proposal link for non-credit activities, contact the Experiential Learning Office at ugael@uga.edu.
QUESTIONS?  Please contact April Brown at albrown@uga.edu.

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