Experiential Learning

 

The concept of experiential learning is rooted in learning through doing. It is through this practice that students get a better grasp of transitioning skills learned from the classroom to the career field. 

Experiential Learning Types 

  • Co-Curricular Learning 
    Activities related to course curriculum; ex. Public Speakers, Panels
  • Extra-Curricular 
    Activities that foster student involvement and strengthen the culture of the institution; ex. Clubs, Student Organization, Interest Group, Sports
  • Field Experience 
    Activities related to career application; ex. Internships, Practicums​, Job Shadowing
  • Service Learning/Community Service 
    Guided service activities related to instruction; ex. Food Pantry, Habit for Humanity  

 

Looking For Experiential Learning Opportunities?

Past Event Videos (Click To Access)

SAC Events Calendar

Student Enrichment Center Facebook Page

 

Experiential Learning Credit

  • If faculty or staff are organizing an experiential learning event; they should submit the employee-initiated form.  This will allow students who attend or participate in the event an opportunity to earn credit on their non - academic/co-curricular transcript.

    • Employee – Initiated: FORM
      • Employees will just need to submit the experiential learning form (link provided) and submit a roster. Our staff will ensure students are awarded credit on their co-curricular transcript.
    • Experiential Learning Funding Request: Form
      • Faculty & Academic Departments can request funding to sponsor experiential learning projects or events by submitting the experiential learning funding request form.
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  • If students are completing projects/events on their own; they should be submitting the student-initiated form to be awarded experiential learning credit on their non - academic/co-curricular transcript.  

    • Student-Initiated: FORM
      • Students will only need to complete the form and answer the 3 reflection questions on the form to be awarded credit on their co-curricular transcript.
  • The AlamoEXPERIENCE model partners with employers to ensure every student connects to an experiential learning experience, to provide students with the opportunity to explore career choices and develop relevant connections in their chosen industry.

    Experiences are paired with a NACE Career Readiness Competency and documented on the students’ AlamoEXPERIENCE Transcript.

    A students’ AlamoEXPERIENCE Transcript is a verified record, documenting student’s engagement, to include experiential learning experiences.

    What is an AlamoEXPERIENCE Transcript?

    Your academic transcript showcases your courses and grades, and your AlamoEXPERIENCE Transcript highlights your career readiness and soft skills – such as teamwork and problem-solving.

    Share your AlamoEXPERIENCE Transcript with your academic advisor, employers, and on internship and scholarship applications to highlight your experience.

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Non - Credit (Non - Academic) Internships

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  • Internships, Practicums, or Co-Ops are all examples of the field experience type of experiential learning. Students can gain hands-on experience in their selected career pathways by completing one of these field experiences. 

    • Be Professional - It's important to demonstrate a level of respect and commitment to the values of the organization where you are completing your field experience. Remember,  internships can sometimes lead to letters of recommendation or full-time job offers.
    • Be Present - As you begin your field experience, try to utilize the skills you learned throughout your education. We know that not every situation has a "textbook" solution, so look at this as an extension to what you learn in the classroom. This is your opportunity to gain insight into your career pathway.