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Students examine a crab up close as part of their Applied Learning Experience

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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Spanish Service-Learning Showcase - Tuesday December 9th, 9-10:30am, CIS building lobby

Come learn about SPN 490 students’ service learning projects for Fall 2014. This is a great opportunity for Spanish students who may be interested in volunteering, interning, or working in the community. For more information, see the event flyer (PDF)

Light Refreshments will be served
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Foreign Languages and LIterature

New Faculty End of Semester Celebration - Monday December 15th, 4-6pm

You made it through the semester and that deserves a celebration! This is a celebration for first and second year faculty to commemorate the successful completion of the semester with your colleagues. We will be raffling off door prizes and will also have information about upcoming CTE and ETEAL events for the spring semester.Come join us at Carolina Ale House on Monday, December 15th from 4-6pm. Invitation here (PDF)

Please RSVP to by Monday, December 8th

  • 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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