ETEAL overview

What is ETEAL?

Documentary Filming in SwanseaETEAL is UNCW's Quality Enhancement Plan, a plan which aims to improve the quality of learning for all of our students and faculty. ETEAL itself stands for:

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This means that we strive to improve applied learning outcomes through the application of research-based instructional strategies vital to promoting highest quality learning experiences. There's a lot that goes into Applied Learning, but in short, when faculty and students engage in Applied Learning experiences, students can learn more easily, gain more professional skills, and become stronger critical thinkers.
For more information about ETEAL, our Goals, Student Learning Outcomes, or about Applied Learning in general, check out our detailed About Page.

ETEAL's Initiatives

Summer Institute 2014ETEAL uses three core initiatives, as well as a number of secondary initiatives, in our strategy to enhance student learning, faculty experiences, and advance Applied Learning for all of UNCW. The aim of this strategy is to devote our resources to support faculty development and enriched, applied, high-impact learning experiences. The three parts of this approach are our Applied Learning Summer Institute, the Applied Learning Teaching Community, and our ETEAL-Supported Initiatives.

  • The Applied Learning Summer Institute: A multi-day UNCW conference and presentation series on Applied Learning that allows faculty to discuss best practices, exchange ideas, and train with nationally recognized experts.
  • The Applied Learning Teaching Community(ALTC): The ALTC is both a community and a network of all applied learning instructors and practitioners at UNCW. The ALTC is committed to enhancing applied learning for students by supporting practitioners through a teaching and learning community, encouraging the sharing and adoption of best practices by faculty and staff across disciplines, colleges, and academic experiences at UNCW.
  • ETEAL Experiences: Each semester, ETEAL funds more than 15 courses, experiences, and other projects led by faculty and designed to bring Applied Learning Experiences directly to UNCW students. These experiences provide them with hands on, real world training and the skills they need to be professionally competitive in their field and in their future.

ETEAL for Students

Hollywood East students plan their next filming sessionWhether you're a first year student just starting your undergraduate education or a second year grad student, ETEAL can help connect you with the classes and experiences that you need to not only graduate, but to gain the valuable skills and experiences that will help you in your career. If you're interested in finding out more about Applied Learning, if you want to know which courses are ETEAL courses this semester, or if you just want to check out our events and giveaway contests, read our ETEAL for Students page!

ETEAL for Faculty

ETEAL Reception and ShowcaseEvery semester, ETEAL supports faculty members carrying out Applied Learning projects through our ETEAL Initiative grant awards, but even if you're not working on an ETEAL project there's still a lot that ETEAL can do for you. Through the Applied Learning Teaching Community, ETEAL offers workshops, seminars, and other resources for Faculty and Instructors every semester. If you'd like to learn more about getting ETEAL funding, check out our upcoming events, or browse through the content from our past workshops, head over to our Faculty Resources page!

Our Progress

Students grow biofilm on ocean plasticsThroughout ETEAL's implementation, we've developed partnerships with Faculty, students, and community organizations, funded and supported Applied Learning Initiatives, created a community dedicated to Applied Learning practices, and all of that is just the start! If you want to learn more about how far we've come, browse through our event and Applied Learning reports, or take a look at Applied Learning initiatives from previous years, then head over to Our Progress.

Applied Learning Resources

The Graduate Assistant InstituteAre you new to Applied Learning or to UNCW? Looking for ideas on how to implement Applied Learning into your courses? Confused about what Applied Learning means for you? Looking to take part in an Applied Learning Experience? Just check out our Applied Learning Resources to find the answers you're looking for!
Check out our Applied Learning Resources Page!