From the classroom to the workplace and beyond: Take students’ learning to a higher level.
Purdue University Calumet’s world-class instructors now have an added approach to enhance students’ learning opportunities. Experiential education provides all faculty the chance to guide students in applying what they learn in the classroom to real-world challenges at businesses, research facilities, nonprofit organizations, community service groups, government offices, medical facilities and other settings.

Join in the excitement of collaborating with our community partners and our students to develop successful experiential learning programs. Together, we’ll create a well-prepared workforce. A more dynamic learning environment. And a stronger community.

Standards of Practice for Experiential Education
Courses must meet these standards and be approved by the Faculty Senate to be designated as experiential learning.

  1. Intention
  2. Preparedness and Planning
  3. Authenticity
  4. Reflection
  5. Orientation and Training
  6. Monitoring and Continuous Improvement
  7. Assessment and Evaluation
  8. Acknowledgment

For full descriptions, click here or see www.nsee.org

How will Experiential Learning benefit me as a Purdue University Calumet faculty member?
The new graduation requirement will improve and broaden opportunities for faculty, along with your students, to apply research and learning in a particular field of study. Experiential learning will enhance the classroom experience with cutting edge research, business and technology initiatives. And you have the opportunity to be part of a showcase experiential learning program, as the University is on the leading edge of this important area of development for the future of education.

I want to have a course designated as meeting Experiential Learning requirements toward students’ graduation credits. What do I need to do?
The Curriculum Education Policy subcommittee of the Faculty Senate reviews applications and designates courses. See the Faculty Senate’s Web pages for complete information.

How do I get more support or information?
The University has been awarded a U.S. Department of Education Title III grant to develop our comprehensive experiential education program through faculty and curriculum development. Opportunities such as grants, stipends or release of time may be available to faculty to develop Experiential Learning courses. In addition, the University has formed a strategic partnership with the NSEE to further professional development in the area of experiential education for our own faculty as well as regionally and nationally. Dates for 2009/2010 grant-writing workshops follow below.

What resources are available to faculty in developing ExL courses?
There are many examples of resources from other institutions that may assist in development of experiential learning courses or programs.  Any of these can be adapted for use in your course to suit your needs and can be incorporated into your Blackboard course management.  Please click to view:

For more information:

 Janice Golub-Reynolds