January 17, 2019
Dear faculty colleagues,
Welcome back to campus. I hope your winter break was restful and that you were able to recharge and spend time with family and friends. Before classes begin next week, I wanted to share the next phase of our experiential learning efforts.
As you are aware, experiential learning can provide meaningful learning opportunities and unlock potential in our students. Last spring, I asked the Experiential Learning Faculty Working Group to recommend strategies to increase opportunities for undergraduate students through high-impact educational experiences. Their cost-effective strategies to further integrate experiental learning into the curriculum appear in their final report, and form the basis of the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI), a pilot program that will roll out over the next three years.
Led by Hillary Hart, ELI will provide monetary support for faculty members to work with on-campus course designers to develop experiential learning opportunities in new or existing courses.
Recognizing that not all students can participate in off-campus experiential-learning opportunities, ELI focuses on course and curricular enhancements, although partnerships with internship and study-abroad programs are welcome. This initiative offers two faculty-oriented programs.
Applications Due — Feb. 20, 2019 — Faculty Course Developers
I encourage all eligible faculty members who teach undergraduate courses to consider submitting an application by Feb. 20, 2019. Faculty Course Developers will be notified by the second half of March. Apply →
Best of luck on a successful semester, and thank you for everything you do.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin