What is it?
Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. It encompasses a variety of activities including internships, service learning, undergraduate research, volunteer work, study abroad and other creative and professional work experiences.
Learning that is considered "experiential" contains all the following elements:
- Reflection, critical analysis and synthesis
- Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
- Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially or physically
- A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes and successes
Why volunteer?Volunteering not only gives back to the community, but it helps develop the necessary skills to help you advance in your career. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Elizabeth Sheets of Marshall's Volunteer Services at 304.696.2285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.