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Enhancing Experiential Learning

The enhancements to experiential learning at Roanoke College occur in three primary stages: pre-experience preparation and planning, ongoing guided reflection, and post-experience showcasing.

  1. Pre-experience Preparation and Planning: In consultation with their supervisor/mentor, students will develop a learning agreement with learning outcomes. The learning agreement also serves to set boundaries, roles, and expectations, and ensures that both student and mentor/supervisor enter the experience with sufficient foundation to support a successful experience.

  2. Ongoing Guided Reflection: Students will engage in ongoing student reflection, that is, the interplay of reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation that is at the heart of the learning model. Students will examine their experience to enhance their knowledge and articulate their learning.

  3. Post-experience Public Showcasing: Students will articulate the meaning derived from an experience to a broader community. Pathways Program students will participate in research fairs, international travel day, and other forums to share their experiences with the Roanoke College community.

 To implement the enhancements to experiential learning, each of the five types of experiential learning will be supported as follows:

Research

  • Supervised by faculty or staff
  • The supervisor will guide the student through the three stages
  • Public showcasing is likely in the form of a paper or poster presentation
  • Student financial support for project (up to $500)
  • Supervisor stipend

Internships

  • Cohort model of intern supervision
  • Supervisor will guide the cohort through the three stages
  • Public showcasing may take multiple forms from presentation to students within the department to blogs
  • Student financial support to off-set internship-related expenses (up to $100)
  • Supervision of a full cohort is a course for the instructor

Service-Learning

  • A group service-learning experience
  • Supervisor will guide the group through the three stages
  • Public showcasing may take multiple forms from group presentations to blogs
  • Supervisor can seek support for expenses and receive a stipend

Study Away

  • Intensive Learning (IL) travel course or a semester- or year-long study abroad
  • IL instructor will guide the class, the Coordinator for study abroad will guide the study abroad students
  • Public showcasing may take multiple forms from group presentations to blogs
  • Supervisor can seek support for expenses and receive a stipend

Creative/Artistic Works

  • A group or individual creative/artistic project
  • Supervisor will guide students through the three stages
  • Public showcasing will likely be an exhibition or performance
  • Student financial support for the project (up to $500)
  • Supervisors can seek support for expenses and receive a stipend

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