General Education Program:
Students benefit from
opportunities to learn by reflecting on experiences beyond their typical
classroom activities and by applying the knowledge and skills they gain from
traditional courses in new settings. To this end, students are required to
complete an Experiential Learning requirement as part of UWSP’s new General
Education Program (GEP).
To fulfill this requirement, students will:
Complete an approved
experiential learning project.
Reflect on the
experiential learning activity in order to gain further understanding of their
university education, and an enhanced sense of one’s personal responsibility as
a member of a larger community.
“Community” in this
context is defined as any of the various on- or off-campus departments, units,
or organizations with whom students might work to complete their Experiential
is a broad concept, including many types of active, hands-on learning
opportunities. It is an example of a “high-impact teaching practice” that has
been shown to enhance a student’s comprehension of course material, to enable
students to see connections between theory and practice, to aid in student
retention, and to develop a student’s sense of responsibility for their
education. Moreover, experiential learning provides students with an experience
that aids in the development of leadership skills and responsible
is the synthesis of a hands-on experience with some relevant aspect of a
student’s university education. This synthesis of experience with learning
takes place in the context of a structured reflection activity. An appropriate
reflection activity will vary depending on the experiential learning activity
and the intended learning outcomes.
In some cases,
students can satisfy this requirement by completing a structured,
credit-bearing course that has been proposed by an academic department and
approved by the General Education Committee. Departments proposing the
credit-bearing course or experience will use their best judgment when
determining the number of hours required, as well as the type of reflection
required of students.
In other cases, however, students may elect to satisfy
this requirement by completing an Experiential Learning Activity (ELA). Students are required to work with an ELA Mentor. For more information about the role of the ELA Mentor, please visit: http://www.uwsp.edu/acadaff/Pages/ELA_Mentor.aspx.
- Overview (PDF)
- Expectations & Responsibilities Checklist (PDF)
- ELA Planning Form ( Word | PDF )
- Reflection Guide (PDF)
- ELA Assessment Rubric ( Word | PDF )
- Completed ELA Approval Form ( Word | PDF )