Welcome to Applied Learning!

The Office of Applied Learning (OAL) provides support for faculty, staff, students, and community partners to effectively develop, implement, and assess a diverse range of applied learning experiences. OAL has built on the successes of ETEAL (Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning), which served as the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for UNCW from 2012-2017. Our current model of Applied Learning includes 9 categories that reflect the scope and integration of this work across campus and within our local community. Many of the photos on our site were submitted by students engaging in applied learning to our annual Applied Learning Instagram Contest.

The Office of Applied Learning seeks to: 

  • Support the integration of applied learning across campus
  • Sustain opportunities for innovation through funded projects and special initiatives;
  • Scale applied learning initiatives to an institutional level; 
  • Share the success of applied learning with multiple stakeholder groups. 

Staff & Fellows


Funded Initiatives




Our Work

Meet our dedicated staff and applied learning fellows Funding opportunities to support new applied learning experiences Qualitative Analysis of Applied Learning Student Reflections Applied Learning Summer Instititute, CCURE and more


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Vision 10 Film Festival & Conference 
March 24 - 28, 2021 

Visions Film Festival & Conference aims to unite a diverse community of undergraduate students through scholarly analysis, discussion panels and cutting-edge screenings. (more)

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Faculty-led Education Abroad Programs Workshop
Wednesday, March 10, 4 p.m. 

Are you interested in learning more about leading a faculty-led education abroad program? Attend this interactive workshop to learn more about creating a proposal and the ways in which UNCW’s Office of International Programs can support you in this process.

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Funding Opportunities Open on InfoReady

The Office of Applied Learning is excited to announce the RFPs for 3 funding opportunities available to faculty and staff to support high-impact applied learning experiences.  All applications are due by Friday, March 26 at 5 PM. (more)

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High-Impact Applied Learning Experience Resources

Looking for resources that can help you develop a high-impact applied learning experience?  Access  the Public AL Canvas Course developed in summer 2020 by Canvas Fellows Sheri Conklin, Tammy Ivins, Anirban Ray and Stephanie Turrise. 

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Applied Learning Summer Institute Recordings

Missed the 2020 Applied Learning Summer Institute? The video recordings are now available here!