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Experiential Learning
Experiential learning is an approach to education that emphasizes engaged student learning through direct experience and intense reflection to increase knowledge, acquire lifelong learning and problem-solving skills, and clarify values. Research has shown experiential learning increases the quality and depth of academic study and makes learning more enjoyable and fulfilling for both students and teachers.

Within the College of Health and Public Service, we encourage all types of experiential learning activities, but we focus on projects with the following criteria:

  1. Must have a community partner. Community partners make the experience real. Community is usually thought of as external to UNT, but there are internal UNT communities that can also replicate real-world experiences. 
  2. Must be reciprocal. Mutual benefit occurs when the student and the community partner can demonstrate the benefits of the activity. Reciprocal benefit cements the investment of both parties.
  3. Must have an outcome or product to ensure the validity of the activity and express benefit to all parties. 

These criteria are consistent with UNT Career Connect requirements. 

Service-learning is a form of experiential learning in which students engage in activities that are linked to course outcomes and meet a community need. An important component that sets service-learning apart from volunteerism is reflection. Formal and structured reflection allows students to enhance prior knowledge, draw new conclusions, and make meaning of an experience. 

How HPS can help:

Help you establish mutually beneficially relationships with community partners
Develop course components like reflection activities or assessments.
Provide resources like standardized syllabi language and administrative forms