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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.

News and Announcements

  • Fall 2014 Call for Proposals
    Now Accepting Fall 2014 RFPs! 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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