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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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!