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ETEAL: Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning


The purpose of UNCW’s QEP, “ETEAL: experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning,” is to improve applied learning outcomes through the application of research-based instructional strategies vital to promoting highest quality learning experiences.

The primary methodology for improvement will be through a three part approach, which includes faculty/staff workshops in applied learning pedagogy through participation in the annual Applied Learning Summer Institute and ongoing collaboration with the Applied Learning & Teaching Community. The third part of the approach involves requirements for integration of QEP-supported initiatives into the curriculum. The effects on student learning will be measured through critical reflections of instructors and students. Although intended outcomes will be specific to each experience, they will align with the UNCW Learning Goals of Critical Thinking, Inquiry, and Thoughtful Expression.

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Applied Learning 101: Thursday September 18th, 4pm-5pm in Warwick Ballroom 3
New to Applied Learning? New to UNCW? Both? Come check out all the ways you can get involved with Applied Learning on campus. This event is geared towards those who are ntew to UNCW and/or Applied Learning, and features panelists from a variety of schools and Disciplines. Panelists will share information about a specific Applied Learning project that they have implemented, and highlight the rewards and challengers to doing applied learning in general and this activity in particular. Those short presentations will be followed by a question and answer session. The panelists will share information on a wide range of Applied Learning examples so ther ewill be something for everyone. Come and get ideas about how you can implement Applied Learning in your classroom!
Panelists include:
Nancy Ahern, School of Nursing
Jennifer Biddle, Public and International Affairs
Susanne Brander, Biology and Marine Biology
James DeVita, Watson College of Education
Narcisa Pricope, Geography and Geology
Jill Waity, Sociology and Criminology
Will White, Biology and Marine Biology

  • Fall 2014 Funded Initiatives Kickoff Event: September 10th
    All Instructors who have received ETEAL support for the Fall 2014 Semester are invited to join us for the Fall Funded Initiatives Kickoff on September 10th! Be sure to check the Events Calendar for more details soon!
  • Applied Learning at Wildsumaco Station in Ecuador
    Dr. Arbogast and 9 undergraduate students from UNCW just returned from an exciting 3 week trip to the Tropical Andes of Ecuador, part of the Summer 2014 Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity (Biol 480) Course offered at the University. The group studied at the new Wildsumaco Biological Station, a partnership between UNCW, Francis Marion University (FMU) and the Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary. Faculty & students from UNCW, FMU, and a scientist from the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC, filled the biological station's capacity of 18 people. It was a great trip! Here are a few images to give you a feel for this amazing place! See more Photos and hear more about the trip on the Wildsumaco facebook page.
  • Fall 2014 Call for Proposals
    We are now accepting proposals for ETEAL funding in Spring 2015 and beyond! Grab your RFP form here and tell us your idea for an Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative.
  • ETEAL Website Construction
    The ETEAL Website is currently being revised and restructured to better suit the needs of Faculty and students. As such, things will be changing around here rapidly and new content will be added every day. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the ETEAL Website, please contact Robert Hicks at
  • New Fall 2014 Event Calendar
    Our new Fall 2014 ALTC and ETEAL Event Calendar is up and we're adding events everyday. Please check back here regularly to see what's going on and how you can get involved with ETEAL and Applied Learning!

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