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Experiential Learning

What Is Experiential Education?

Experiential education is a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values and prepare students for both careers and citizenship. It is a triad partnership between student, college, and community partner with responsibilities of each clearly articulated in pre-defined learning objectives. Facilitated and guided practice, reflection and evaluation are all essential components of this transformative method of learning.

Experiential Education Programs at NYIT

internships Internships
An internship is a short-term job related to a student's major or career goals, and is designed to provide experience in and exposure to a typical workplace in a career field. It lasts at least one semester and typically requires a student to work a minimum accumulation of hours. As a form of experiential education, an internship is a triad partnership between student, college, and employer with responsibilities of each clearly articulated in pre-defined learning objectives. Facilitated and guided practice, reflection and evaluation are all essential components of this transformative method of learning.
Service Learning Service-Learning
Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. As a form of experiential education, service-learning is a triad partnership between student, college, and community partner with responsibilities of each clearly articulated in pre-defined learning objectives. Facilitated and guided practice, reflection and evaluation are all essential components of this transformative method of learning.
Study Abroad Study Abroad
Study abroad allows students to pursue educational opportunities in a foreign country. Usually short-term in nature, the educational experiences bring students to the sites and cultures being studied and allow students to fully engage in the host culture. Oftentimes, regardless of the discipline studied, students work with locals to provide volunteer service to the community. This enhances the real-world learning, communication and civic skills.

Other Types of Experiential Education

Cooperative Education
Cooperative education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience, commonly known as a "co-op", provides academic credit and pay for a structured job experience. Developed by Herman Schneider and implemented at the University of Cincinnati in 1906, Co-op was originally designed to give technical students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world work situations. Since 1906, Co-op has been opened up to many disciplines outside the field of engineering and is offered in schools around the world.

What Is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning is learning that happens from personal experience and reflection on everyday activities. In short, it is self-teaching. It is less structured than college shaped experiential education programs and activities in that pre-defined learning objectives are not required, nor is formal reflection, although in advanced learners, both often happen organically.

Experiential Learning Activities at NYIT

Alternative Spring Break Alternative Spring Break
This program offers students the opportunity to travel together and to provide service to communities in need during spring and intercession breaks. While Alternative Break is new to NYIT, it was started by college students in the early 1980's as an alternative to stereotypical "beach party" spring breaks. These drug and alcohol-free service trips include orientations and ongoing reflection that are designed to address social issues like poverty, hunger, inadequate housing or gender inequity. The ultimate goal of alternative break trips is to get students to think of themselves as global citizens and to inspire them to use their college learning to solve public problems.
Community Service Center Community Service/Volunteering
Community service is unpaid work a person performs for the good of the community. Community service allows members of society the opportunity to become civically engaged and solve public problems. Unlike service-learning where there is a deliberate connection of community service to academic learning goals, community service is not inherently a form of experiential education and is not tied to the curriculum.
Mentoring Mentoring
Mentoring is a structured relationship between an experience person, the mentor, and an inexperienced person, the mentee. Although it is a relationship of reciprocity, the mentor offers the mentee guidance, coaching, support, trust and assistance in achieving pre-established goals. While some mentor relationships last indefinitely, professional mentorship should have a pre-defined duration with objectives, priorities, expectations and boundaries established at the onset of the experience.

Other Types of Experiential Learning

Externships or Job Shadowing
An externship is a short term prospect for a student to observe work, investigate a particular career field and experience a typical day or week in a job related to his or her career goals or professional interests. Unlike the job training an internship offers, an externship is an unpaid job shadowing experience that allows a student to observe an experienced member of a company while he or she performs daily tasks. Informational interviews are often conducted during externships.