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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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Flipping Classrooms for Professional Schools

Please join ETEAL for “The Flipped Classroom and Applied Learning” on Friday, October 24. This workshop, hosted by Dr. Nancy Ahern an Associate Professor in the UNCW School of Nursing and Assistant ALTC Faculty Fellow, will cover what applied learning looks like at UNCW, how to access applied learning resources, how to implement applied learning principles and ways to get involved with applied learning at UNCW through the ETEAL RFP and ALTC Fellows. Workshop will be held from 12:30 pm to 2 pm in McNeill Hall, Room 1051 and lunch will be provided. Check out our Program Flyer for more details!
RSVP to by Friday, October 17. For more information about the workshop, please contact Dr. Ahern at

Call for ALTC Fellows! - Deadline 10/24/14!
UNCW’s ETEAL-sponsored Applied Learning and Teaching Community (ALTC) is again seeking enthusiastic Faculty and Staff fellows and assistant fellows to support the many activities of the community.  Applicants should be experienced with applied learning, and, ideally, the ETEAL program.  They should also be eager to serve as sounding boards and mentors for other faculty and staff in developing applied learning, and be willing to work collaboratively to guide the vibrant ETEAL-sponsored ALTC as it encourages and supports student learning, good pedagogical practices and idea sharing. The current search is for Spring 2015.
If you would like to know more, see our Call for Fellows (PDF)

  • ETEAL-Supported Instructors in the Spotlight!
    • Evaluation of Michigan's Probation Program
      Recently Kristen DeVall(Former ALTC Fellow) and Christina Lanier(Current instructor of an ETEAL-supported Applied Learning course) were awarded a contract by the Michigan Supreme Court to conduct an evaluation of Michigan's Probation Program. You can read more about the project here.
    • Study Abroad Experiences in Swansea
      Bill Bolduc, who taught an ETEAL-supported experience in Spring of 2014, has collaborated with his students to produce a video promoting UNCW's study abroad program. You can read more about this and see the video itself here
  • 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.

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