Experiential Learning

This page provides information on experiential learning opportunities at UWF. Let High-Impact Practices / Experiential Learning be your consultant.


“Due to their positive associations with student learning and retention, certain undergraduate opportunities are designated "high-impact." High-Impact Practices (HIPs) share several traits: They demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. As a result, participation in these practices can be life-changing (Kuh, 2008). NSSE founding director George Kuh recommends that institutions should aspire for all students to participate in at least two HIPs over the course of their undergraduate experience—one during the first year and one in the context of their major (NSSE, 2007)."

Indiana University School of Education Center for Postsecondary Research, 2018

Adding Experiential Learning to Your Courses

High-Impact Practices/Experiential Learning (HIP/EL) can serve as a consultant to provide information, suggestions, guidelines, best practices, and research for incorporating experiential learning opportunities such as Internships, Service Learning or Field Study into your course or department. We are also able to present to classes on various topics that can assist students in participating in experiential learning. Additionally, we can provide information on partnering with our office for our Cooperative Education (Co-op) program.

Some of the exciting high-impact practices offered at UWF include the following:

  • Study Abroad/Away
  • Living-Learning Communities
  • Portfolios
  • Capstone Projects
  • Internships and Co-ops
  • Service Learning and Field Study
  • Faculty-Led Research Projects

Experiential Learning Faculty Recognition Program‌

Faculty offering high-impact and experiential learning opportunities at UWF are eligible for recognition and the HIP-EL Faculty Member of the Year designation.

Carnegie Service Learning Designation

For service learning projects specifically, complete the Carnegie Service Learning application to become eligible to receive a Service Learning mini-grant and have your course receive the Carnegie Service Learning Designation.

Carnegie Service Learning Application

Contact CDCE for more information about how you can move forward in designing quality HIP-EL experiences for UWF students!

Faculty Toolkit

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The Faculty Toolkit is your resource for rubrics, forms, sample materials, and other templates that can better support your work with students in their endeavors related to experiential learning and high-impact practices.

Faculty Toolkit