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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning, at its most basic, is learning through reflection of doing. Experiential Learning benefits students, faculty, and the community by providing chances for students to explore the realities of the world in order to define more clearly their educational goals.

Experiential Learning is a broad category and encompasses several types. Some types of experiential learning are:

  • cooperative education: Cooperative education, or "Co-op" is a unique partnership among employers, students, and the university that combines classroom studies with professional work experience. Co-op positions must be directly related to a student's major.

  • cultural immersion: Also called "study abroad" or "study away," this is a travel experience that includes academic learning and immersion in another culture. UAB has over 50 programs in 35 international locations in the areas of Language, Arts, Nursing, Business, Social science, Engineering and Natural science.

  • internship: An internship is generally a single semester of work experience (paid or unpaid) that offers students an opportunity to engage in career exploration. Internships may or may not be directly related to a student's major.

  • job shadowing: Job shadowing provides students with opportunities to learn more about the realities of the work world. In a job-shadowing situation, students can observe a professional on the job, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of the career.

  • mentoring: Mentoring provides an opportunity for students and alumni to interact and discuss career goals. Students gain firsthand knowledge of the trends, realities and expectations of their chosen career field. Mentors may also provide practical advice and critical networking opportunities.

  • service learning: Service learning is a teaching and learning model that integrates meaningful community service, academic learning, civic learning, and self-reflection.

  • undergraduate research: With undergraduate research, a student chooses an issue to explore in-depth. UAB's Office for Undergraduate Research provides students with tools, assistance, and education.

Below, you will find information on experiential learning for students and faculty. Books marked with a REF are in Sterne Library on the first floor. All other books are on the third floor, in the circulating collection.

History of Experiential Learning

Information on Experiential Learning from UAB Career Services
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UAB Resources

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Student Resources

Cultural Immersion/Study Abroad

Books:
You can locate books using the following subject headings:


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Internships, Cooperative Education, and Career Development

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You can locate books using the following subject headings:


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Service Learning

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You can locate books using the following subject heading:


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Undergraduate Student Research Projects

Books:
You can locate books using the following subject headings:


Web Pages:

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Faculty Resources


Active Learning Pathfinder
This guide from the State University of New York at Buffalo provides suggested resources for beginning research about active learning.

Experience Based Learning Systems has compiled two bibliographies on experiential learning:
Experiential Learning Theory Bibliography Volume 1: 1971-2005
Experiential Learning Theory Bibliography Volume 2: 2006-2008

Books:
You can locate books using the following subject heading:
.Articles:
The following databases will have articles on experiential learning:
Search using the terms experiential learning AND higher education.

You may also want to search the indexes of:
Web Sites:
Associations, Organizations and Societies:

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Delores Carlito, Reference Librarian for Instruction and Outreach
dcarlito@uab.edu
Revised 2/2010; Created 10/2008