Experiential Learning

Guided by the university’s mission and strategic plan, as well as current research on student engagement, Experiential Learning focuses on enhancement of student learning through a process where students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.


Experiential Learning at TWU bridges theory with practice, and is a dynamic, engaged form of learning characterized by active collaboration; real-world problem solving; hands-on application of classroom theories; in-depth engagement with content; or simulation of skills external to the classroom.

Experiential Learning includes the following programs for students and faculty at all TWU locations:

  • Experiential Student Scholars
  • Learn by Doing-designated courses
  • Experiential Fellows
  • National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) Experiential Education Academy

Experiential Learning is co-located in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

Call for Summer 2018 Undergraduate/Graduate Experiential Student Scholars

The purpose of the Experiential Student Scholar program is to engage students in experiential project partnerships with faculty. Students must be currently enrolled TWU undergraduate or graduate students with declared majors and in good academic standing to be eligible.

Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2018

The Experiential Student Scholar program engages undergraduate and graduate students in experiential project partnerships with faculty. Experiential projects are defined as: Inquiries, investigations, or projects that bridge theory with practice and require engaged learning characterized by active collaboration with a faculty mentor, application of discipline specific theories, real-world problem solving, and simulation of skills external to the classroom.

The program is centered on the student learning outcomes (SLOs) identified in the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan Pioneering Pathways: Learn by Doing. These include:

Student Learning Outcome #1: effectively connecting classroom theories to real-world experiences through practical application of knowledge

Student Learning Outcome # 2: accurately assessing knowledge and skills related to personal or professional goals including collaboration, application, and problem-solving

Experiential Student Project Presentation Applications

The purpose of the Experiential Project Presentation Support program is to support and assist students in partnering with a faculty mentor to present findings from experiential projects at state, regional, national, and international academic forums related to their discipline. Students must be mentored by faculty, and the faculty mentor must serve as co-presenter on the presentation. Poster presentations are also eligible.