Criteria for Experiential Learning (EXL) Course Designation
Goal 1 of Learning by Doing is to “enhance instructional delivery through activity-based and experiential learning
practices.” In order to achieve that goal and to support the leadership certificate,
which is also part of the QEP, we have broadened the second component (bridge courses)
of the Leadership Certificate (LC). The approach allows for any 3000/4000- level course
to be identified as an Experiential Learning (EXL) course. If an LC student takes
the EXL course, then the EXL course will be considered an LC bridge course in that
student’s program of study. The faculty member teaching the course will only have
to assess the LC student, NOT the entire class of students, using Chalk & Wire (C&W).
Rationale for the Experiential Learning Course Designation:
The QEP, Learning by Doing, is significant in supporting the University’s education mission strategic plan goal
that states, “Incorporate activity-based and experiential learning practices into
their course curricula, as appropriate, using academically endorsed best practices.”
The goals of the QEP also identify experiential learning as a critical component:
- GOAL 1. Enhance instructional delivery through activity-based and experiential learning
- GOAL 2. Provide opportunities for students to apply skills and knowledge acquired through
activity-based and experiential learning in practical experiences.
- GOAL 3. Prepare students to be leaders in their future professional, educational, and service
endeavors by providing leadership curriculum that can lead to a certificate.
Criteria for Experiential Learning and Leadership (EXL) Course Designation
Any course section may be designated as EXL. The “designation” will not replace the
course descriptor (ex. MNGT), but will identify that course as using experiential
or active learning pedagogy. Each EXL course must provide opportunities for students
to meet the Professionalism outcome plus at least two other specified learning outcomes:
- Communication - Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate in a manner appropriate for
the audience and occasion.
- Problem Solving - Students will demonstrate problem solving skills.
- Leadership - Students will explain selected leadership theories or models as related to student's
own leadership development/experience.
- Professionalism - Students will exhibit behaviors that distinguish them as competent professionals
in their field. (required)
- Teamwork - Students will be able to effectively work in teams.
A course will receive an EXL designation when it meets all of the following criteria:
- Meets at least 3 of the designated SLOs
- Includes experiential learning component or active learning pedagogy such as:
- Have a service learning component
- Have an experiential learning component (broadly defined) and/or include active learning
- Have a group project that develops some aspect of leadership skills, such as collaboration,
communication, problem solving, etc.
The course pedagogy should include:
- Intention: Experiences are carefully chosen for their learning potential (i.e. whether they provide
opportunities for students to practice and deepen emergent skills, encounter novel
and unpredictable situations that support new learning, or learn from natural consequences,
mistakes, and successes).
- Engagement: Throughout the experiential learning process, the learner is actively engaged in
posing questions, investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems, assuming
responsibility, being creative, and constructing meaning, and is challenged to take
initiative, make decisions and be accountable for results.
- Reflection: Reflection on learning during and after one’s experiences is an integral component
of the learning process. This reflection leads to analysis, critical thinking, and
synthesis (Schon, 1983; Boud, Cohen, & Walker, 1993).
- Faculty teaching the EXL course must agree to 1) participate in an EXL workshop, 2)
submit a pre-approval application, identifying how the course will meet the criteria
for receiving an EXL designation, 3) submit the syllabus for review, and 4) assess
any LC students who may take the EXL course using Chalk and Wire.
EXL Courses as Bridge Courses
The Certificate of Leadership exposes students to learning experiences that foster
their leadership and professional development. Therefore, students who are pursuing
the Certificate of Leadership must complete at least six EXL course credits in their
degree plans. These EXL courses may relate directly to the major or may be a qualified
elective in the program’s curriculum.
For the EXL course to count as a bridge course for the student, faculty must agree
to assess the leadership student(s) on their leadership development during the course.
Assessments will be easily completed using Chalk & Wire. Students must be assessed
on Professionalism and the other two other SLOs identified for the course to meet
the EXL designation.