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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IMSRG Model of Practice: Discussion and Brainstorming
March 16, 2022: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Interdisciplinary Minority Student Research Group (IMSRG) is a collective of UNCW faculty mentors and student mentees who identify as racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, first-generation students, military veterans, and/or those who identify as LGBTQIA+. IMSRG was originally funded by a 3-year Strategic Initiative award by the Office of Applied Learning and was named UNCW’s Applied Learning Project of the Year in 2021. The focus of this workshop is to present a preliminary draft of our conceptual mentoring model, model of practice, and an introduction and invitation to attendees’ to help strategize and hone our evolving models in a future concept mapping process. Join via Zoom.

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District C: Design Thinking and Team Based Learning Workshop: Wednesday, March 23rd from 10:30-11:30am via Zoom

Are you interested in an innovative design thinking and team based learning model that you can use in your classes? Please come to our District C workshop where we will provide an introduction to the District C organization, information from faculty who are certified District C coaches, and UNCW student perspectives. You will also have the opportunity to learn a District C tool that you can implement in your classroom. Faculty and staff who attend this workshop will be eligible to apply for participation in the District C summer coaching institute sponsored by the Office of Applied Learning. Please join using this Zoom link: https://uncw.zoom.us/j/84889345419?pwd=aEt1Uzh5bUw1alRHM0pMdHlUS2FTZz09

If you have questions, contact District C Certified Coaches Jill Waity, CAS (waityj@uncw.edu), Alicia Sellon, CHHS (sellonm@uncw.edu), or Amy Moody, Watson (moodya@uncw.edu)  

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Arts Education: Using Art to Facilitate Learning and Promote Critical Thinking [Fidias Reyes, Katie Crosby]
April 7, 2022: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m

ARTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: The Office of the Arts is creating opportunities for creativity, engagement, and empowerment through social justice work.
  • Community Reading Initiatives - NEA Big Read
  • Multi-disciplinary project incorporating NHC Resiliency Taskforce CRM training with Hip Hop (visual arts, spoken word, beatmaking and DJing)
  • Workshops, lectures, demonstrations with local, regional and international artists
  • Expanding on UNCW’s work around DEI with Reggae Redemption Rising, Because It’s Time Public Art, A World of Aging, Blackness: A Framework and Arts Equity Fellowship Program

Join via Zoom.

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CSI, Chris Prentice & Stephanie Duea: Partnering with Community Organizations
April 12, 2022: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m

Center for Social Impact: The Center’s faculty and staff conduct interdisciplinary research with community partners; consult with local organizations to improve service delivery, cross-sector collaboration, and philanthropic engagement; and produce evidence-based policy proposals in support of community-defined goals in collective pursuit of healthier and more equitable communities. The focus of this workshop is on how to productively and meaningfully engage community partners to collaboratively produce insights for practice and novel programs that promote positive social change.

Join via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 810 4981 7973
Passcode: 992584

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Community Engaged Learning
Tuesday, May 17, 10 - 3 p.m.

Please join us for the Community Engaged Learning Summer Institute on Tuesday, May 17, 2022! The workshop will consist of a keynote speaker who will share Community Engaged Learning success stories, facilitated time to work on a project idea, topical interest discussions at lunch, and consulting sessions to help participants identify community partners, strategize assessment tools, maximize funding options, and establish mutually beneficial partnerships. Community Engaged Learning Faculty Fellows representing each of the four colleges will be in attendance as well. Participants will leave the workshop with a plan for a project they can implement in the 2022-2023 academic year, either the classroom or in a research setting, and will be encouraged to continue meeting throughout the summer as a Community Engaged Learning Community of Practice (COP) so they can continue to share ideas, seek feedback, and finalize plans.

Register for the Summer Institute Here

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Undergraduate Research & Mentoring
Wednesday, May 18, 10 - 3 p.m.

Please join us for the Undergraduate Research & Mentoring Summer Institute on Wednesday, May 18, 2022! The workshop will consist of a keynote speaker who will discuss outcomes from engaging in faculty-mentored undergraduate research, particularly for marginalized populations. Faculty leads from Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives-funded projects Interdisciplinary Minority Student Research Group (IMSRG) and Community-based Research Across the Curriculum (CRAC) will facilitate sessions on mentoring models for engaging students in high-impact undergraduate research experiences and strategies for effective assessment of these experiences. Participants will leave the workshop with resources and ideas for creating opportunities for mentoring in the work they are already engaged in.

Register for the Summer Institute Here

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UNCW among Sixty-One Institutions Selected to Participate in AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

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A special issue of the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research has been published on “Service Learning and Community-Based Research in a Time of Disruption”.

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EdNC: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education and the workforce

UNCW Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Ellie Ebrahimi, participates in an April 20, 201 panel discussion on how to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields, including how to increase opportunities for women and people of color.

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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!