Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential Learning - broadly defined as 鈥渓earning by doing,鈥 refers to pedagogical approaches that develop students鈥 skills in bridging theory and practice; critical reflection; relational work; and authentic projects with real world impact. 


2023-2024 Experiential Learning Field Trip Series

This academic year the Office of Sustainability, the Mead Art Museum, and the Center for Community Engagement are hosting a six session faculty series around integrating experiential learning opportunities into courses and curriculum! Funding is available to help support the development of exercises, labs, assignments, field trips, and whole courses that have an experiential learning component.

Join fellow faculty and staff members for these interactive and social meet ups, hosted at a range of sites on and off campus. The first half hour is for mixing, mingling, and socializing , followed by a short overview and then interactive brainstorming session on curricular opportunities with each host organization.

For more information contact Wes Dripps, Director of Sustainability. 

Course and Assignment Development Grants

With support from the , 麻豆国产AV is pleased to offer curricular development grants to faculty members who are, or wish to integrate experiential learning into their courses. Funding is available to develop or redesign an entire course ($2,500) or a single assignment ($500). Additional funding of up to $2,500 is available for some course related expenses. 

The Davis "Embedded Experiential Learning Across the Curriculum" grant is intended to deepen learning for all members of Amherst鈥檚 diverse student body by embedding experiential learning opportunities throughout the curriculum.  Funded courses and assignments will build on the success of early experiments to build the skills, tools, and strategies needed to sustain learning by doing across disciplines and majors at the college. For the purpose of this grant, experiential learning is grounded in four primary methods: cohort learning, community building, tackling meaningful challenges, and skill development. 

The funds are administered by a collaborative group that includes Sarah Barr (Center for Community Engagement), Emily Potter-Ndiaye (Mead Art Museum), and Weston Dripps (Office of Sustainability). 

More information about course and assignment development grants along with the application can be found here.