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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning in the Biological Sciences Department

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning is experience-based teaching and learning opportunities for faculty, students, and community members that utilize best teaching practices and promote student success.  Experiential learning opportunities also provide: hands-on learning, resume and network building, opportunities to build student and faculty relationships, community connections and awareness, cultural immersion, and when part of courses provide recognition on transcripts.

Examples of Experiential Learning in the Biological Sciences Department

Service-Learning

Some biology courses include a service-learning component, a teaching methodology in which faculty connect course learning outcomes to meet identified community needs.  Students gain real world experience and receive Academic Service-Learning Designations on their transcripts.

Biodiversity and Biomedical Clubs

Honors Program Courses

Honors courses allow for smaller-sized classes in which the same learning outcomes will be met as non-Honors sections, but in addition, the skills of:  reflective learning,  written and oral communication skills, higher-ordered learning, affiliation with a particular discipline, independent thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving will be emphasized.

Field Study Courses

Research Opportunities

Field Trips

For more information on experiential learning opportunities at GRCC contact the Department of Experiential Learning at www.grcc.edu/experientiallearning  or 616-234-4180.