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Experiential learning


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ByMichael Messano
Marlene Mendoza
Isamara Reyes

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Experiential learning

  1. 1. Office of Experiential Learning By: Michael Messano Marlene Mendoza Isamara Reyes
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Experiential Learning has been supported by UCF since the opening of the university in 1968. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to gain practical experience and apply what they learn to real-world problems. </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 students at UCF participate in experiential learning in co-op, internships, and service-learning courses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mission <ul><li>To enhance academic study and student competency development, promote regional economic vitality, and build ongoing partnerships with employers and community partners locally, nationally, and internationally through curriculum-specific applied learning experiences for UCF students. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Opportunities for students <ul><li>Co-op and Internships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows one to experience real world job situations. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Service Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Service-learning enables students to take academics out of the classroom and into the community. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Skills Modules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created tutorials that will help you to become proficient in these skills. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Prospective Co-op/Internship Students <ul><li>Discuss your academic and professional goals with a faculty member in the program </li></ul><ul><li>Learn resume techniques that will help you land a great opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>In conjunction with your assigned faculty member, choose co-op and internship opportunities which will support your academic and professional goals </li></ul><ul><li>Have your resume referred to organizations of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Interview with organizations interested in your qualifications </li></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits of Internships <ul><li>Most positions are located off-campus, and all co-op students are paid a competitive wage.  </li></ul><ul><li>Some students may be eligible for course credit and should check with their academic advisor to see if this is a possibility.   </li></ul>
  7. 7. Service-Learning <ul><li>Students work with community partners such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>non-profit organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>public schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>government agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>campus groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students develop skills and knowledge that will help them to become civically responsible members of the community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of these skills are: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meaningful Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Professional Skills Modules <ul><li>Professional skills, also known as &quot;soft&quot; skills, are crucial to one‘s success in almost any professional environment, but are not often explicitly taught. </li></ul><ul><li>The Office of Experiential Learning created tutorials that will help you to become proficient in these skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working on Effective Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making Ethical Decisions </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. How can you get into the Co-op program? <ul><li>1) To be eligible to register you need to meet all requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>2) Once you qualify for the program, you apply by going to the website: </li></ul><ul><li>3) You will be notified of your status in the program within 48 hours of applying. </li></ul><ul><li>4) Next an interview will be set up. </li></ul><ul><li>5) Finally check which faculty member you should see based on your major. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Statistics <ul><li>Co-op </li></ul><ul><li>Co-op has grown from 400 to over 900 students per semester making the program one of the largest in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>Participating students work multiple semesters, come from all Colleges in 63 degree programs, work in an average of 635 employer learning sites, and earn $11.2 million in salaries. </li></ul><ul><li>The program actively works with over 1300 employers.  </li></ul><ul><li>  Service-Learning </li></ul><ul><li>There are now 81 Service-Learning courses.  Last year, 62 of these classes were taught in which 3600 students provided 54,000 hours of service to 667 non-profit agencies each semester.  </li></ul><ul><li>The program was awarded a “Most upcoming program award” by Florida Campus Compact in 2004 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Location and Contact Information <ul><li>Director: Dr. Sheri Dressler </li></ul><ul><li>Main Office: </li></ul><ul><li>CSEL 300  </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (407) 823-2667 </li></ul><ul><li>Business Students: </li></ul><ul><li>BA I, Room 130 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (407) 823-5581 </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering and Computer Science   Students: </li></ul><ul><li>ENG II, Room 202c </li></ul><ul><li>Hospitality Students: </li></ul><ul><li>Rosen Campus, Suite 201 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (407) 903-8017 / (407) 903-8018 </li></ul>
  12. 12. The End