Experiential learning can be viewed as a strategy to encourage students to practice using the knowledge and skills developed at Kent State to give back, engage, and support real needs within communities.
The purpose of Kent State’s experiential learning requirement (ELR) is to provide students with direct engagement in learning experiences that promote academic relevance, meaning, and an understanding of real-world issues. Experiential learning opportunities exist in a variety of course- and non-course-based forms and may include community service, service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad/away, and culminating experiences such as internships, student teaching, and capstone projects, to name a few.
Each ELR course or activity must provide opportunities for students to meet the learning outcomes listed below. Students will be able to:
- Connect ideas, concepts, and skills developed at the University with their applications to new and different contexts;
- Demonstrate how this experience has broadened their understanding of the discipline, the world, or themselves as learners; and
- Reflect on the meaning of the experience.
- Students also will be required to meet any additional learning outcomes as defined by the course, program, or faculty member.
Each ELR course or activity must have a plan of assessment for the experiential learning that has taken place.
The ELR can be satisfied in four basic ways: