Learning by Doing will broaden its impact on student learning through a comprehensive effort to develop faculty as innovative teachers who integrate experiential learning. While the Leadership Certificate serves as the central and most visible component of this quality enhancement plan, even students not pursuing the certificate will benefit. The institution is committing resources to develop and recognize faculty efforts to enhance their own teaching skills as well as for supporting their direct contributions to Learning by Doing. Additionally, the Experiential Learning Director will collaborate with the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence (OFDTE) to leverage existing faculty development programs as well as establish new opportunities and events.
As part of the QEP, Learning by Doing, the Education Innovation Fund has been established as a dedicated fund reserved for teaching faculty who wish to pursue experiential learning opportunities with their students. This fund is meant to encourage experiential opportunities for students and faculty and is not meant to offset regular departmental or course experiences that should be part of the annual budgeting process or course fee structure.