Experiential Learning Program
The Experiential Learning Program at UND promotes opportunities for students to learn their professions, citizenship, and community involvement outside the classroom. The program helps departments integrate experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum and links academic learning and resources with community needs.
Experiential learning is an international movement dedicated to learning by experience, usually outside the classroom. Experiences offered for academic credit include courses such as internships, cooperatives, study abroad, and field and clinical experiences, although any course can use experiential learning as a learning strategy. Organizations devoted to experiential learning exist in areas of the world from the UK to South Africa, while organizations centered on experiential learning in the U.S. include the Association for Experiential Education, the National Society for Experiential Education, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Other higher education associations are giving emphasis to experiential learning and related issues such as service learning and civic engagement
The University of North Dakota offers experiential learning courses in almost every department of the University with more under consideration. Opportunities for service learning, a form of experiential learning concerned with student involvement in civic and community service, also are offered. In addition, the University has assessed the needs of rural communities, tribal communities, and nonprofit organizations in the state of North Dakota to determine new ways to connect the academic areas of the University with the state and its residents.