Experiential Learning is the process of learning by reflecting on real-world experiences.

In a traditional classroom setting, a teacher presents content and a student receives that content, attempting to remember and understand it.  In a more effective classroom setting, students think about content and what using it in the real world might be like, and/or participate in the generation of course content.  Outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to actively engage in real world experiences, and then reflect on how classroom content applies in a real world context.

Reflection and real world application are critical to the experiential learning opportunities offered to students in the College of Education and Human Development at Radford University.

HHP students with children at a local Elementary School
Students in Health and Human Performance working with children at a local elementary school.

Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are offered in a variety of formats, including (but not limited to):

  • Early field experiences
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Paid and for-credit internships
  • Practicum experiences
  • Career-relevant service and volunteering
  • Observing in local professional settings
  • Undergraduate research
  • Study abroad opportunities