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Upcoming Fall 2018 Events and Opportunities Announced!

We're excited to offer a wide range of Proposal Devleopment workshops, Writing Group meetings, Funding Opportunities, and Networking Events in the upcoming Fall 2018 semester. For more information see our flyer for Fall 2018 events or see the descriptions below!

Applied Learning Funding Opportunities, Proposal Workshops, and InfoReady

It's a new semester and once again, we're announcing a new round of funding for our Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative Awards!

This Fall, we're also joining the launch of InfoReady at UNCW for of our funding opportunities and awards. InfoReady moves the entire application process online and will help you find funding opportunities more easily, apply more easily, and receive more consistent responses and feedback to all of your applications. 

Our Fall 2018 Proposal Workshops will give you an overview of InfoReady, the awards we're currently offering, and give you time to talk through your project ideas or proposal drafts.

ALTC Applied learning Writing Groups

Are you interested in feedback on an article or publication that is focused on an applied learning project or student learning experience?  Join us at an ALTC Writing Group session!  

Scholars who have published on their applied learning projects will be available for individualized feedback and support. Sessions are open for drop-in at any time during the times listed, and attendees are not expected to stay for the whole session but are welcome to!  Authors can bring projects at any stage in the writing process from idea development to revision.  For questions or more information please contact

Applied Learning Networking & Collaboration Events

This semester we're hosting three different events to facilitate and promote applied learning networking and collaboration across UNCW and within the community.

First, on October 3rd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm we'll be gathering UNCW Faculty, Staff, and Administrators alongside nonprofit representatives, local business leaders, faculty from local schools, and other community partners. This is an excellent opportunity to talk about your work in applied learning, connect to community partners or UNCW colleagues, and make the connections you need to develop a strong applied learning project. This event will take place in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, just south of campus on S College road. 

Next, on October 26th, the Research Educator's Applied Learning Collaborative (REAL-C) is holding its Fall 2018 meeting from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in McNeill Hall room 1024. The REAL-C is an open group made up of research methods educators from all disciplines and departments across campus, coming together to discuss new teaching techniques and strategies for Research Methods, to develop project and research ideas, and exchange ideas about teaching Research Methods courses.

Finally, on November 8th from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Clocktower Lounge, we'll be holding a Student Affairs & Staff Networking lunch and discussion. We'll be gathering UNCW Staff, particularly from the division of Student Affairs, along with faculty from across campus to talk about how faculty and staff can get involved together in applied learning and collaborate on high-impact experiences for UNCW students.


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Applied Learning In Action

Paws4People - Changing Lives

Every year, UNCW students in applied learning projects have the opportunity to positively impact our community while gaining valuable skills and experience. The Assistance Dog Training Program, led by Kyria Henry, gives our students the chance to train and work with service dogs that will go on to assist disabled veterans and community members. In Spring 2014, the Assistance Dog Training Program received ETEAL support and each year the program is providing high-impact applied learning experiences for students and changing the lives of our community members.

UNCW Community Engagement and the Wilmington Police Activities League (PAL)

Each year UNCW provides our students with numerous high-impact, applied community engagement projects that allow our students to apply the things they learn in their courses to real problems facing the Wilmington community. These projects often develop into long-standing partnerships between the University and the community, as we see in the Wilmington Police Athletics League.

Laura Spivey, an instructor in UNCW's School of Health and Applied Human Sciences and previous ETEAL-funded instructor, has been working with the Police Activities League to guide UNCW students through this community engagement project. You can learn more about the Police Activities League and their partnership with UNCW in the video below:

UNCW Community Engagement: Police Activities League (PAL) from UNCW Ofc of Univ Relations on Vimeo.