What is ETEAL and why is it so important for students? First, ETEAL stands for Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning. This isn’t a club to join but rather an engaging learning experience for students to be hands-on with their passion. ETEAL allows students to take what they’re learning and apply it in a more interactive and experiential way, with a variety of different options to choose from.
So how did ETEAL make its presence here at UNCW? A quick history of ETEAL and its origins: it started when UNCW needed to implement a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve, enrich, and enhance the student learning experience. A QEP task force was sent out to gather information from students and faculty what they thought the best way was to apply this plan. The concept of ETEAL was formed.
• To improve student learning in applied learning experience through enriching the environment supporting student learning.
• To provide faculty and staff with information and resources about high-impact practices in applied learning pedagogy as appropriate to their discipline and responsibilities.
• To promote the incorporation and implementation of high-impact practices of applied learning throughout UNCW.
ETEAL can be experienced in numerous ways across campus and beyond. A student can study abroad and gain a unique international perspective in their particular subject. An internship is an excellent opportunity for students to gain more insight in their desired field. Other applied learning approaches include course-embedded projects, honors projects, and community-based projects. All of these experiences can be very impactful for students while benefiting them after graduation. ETEAL’s goal in the end is that all students that take advantage of these valuable opportunities.
If you’re interested in learning about ETEAL and how you can get involved please visit their website. You can also follow ETEAL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep you up to date. ETEAL is currently sponsoring a contest on Instagram for students to post and share their ETEAL experiences and have the chance to win awesome prizes! The contest ends April 30 so take a photo of your applied learning experience and follow the directions below to enter!