The ELR is not a separate course, but an opportunity for students to develop their thinking through activities outside the classroom. Students complete the ELR through internships, practica, co-ops, study abroad, student teaching, or approved field-based courses. The ELR may also be met through service, leadership, or individualized learning experiences.
Experiential learning occurs through active involvement in what is being studied -- direct experience with the subject matter while reading and/or hearing about it. Such direct experience is a necessary component of all learning.
The ELR encourages students to become actively involved in the world around them, practice close observation of their activities and reflect insightfully about those observations. As a result of this reflection, students may better understand their personal development, skills and interests. In addition, exposure to diversity helps students see the interrelationships between their academic studies and other experiences.