Leader in Experiential Learning
We learn best through experience, so an Elon education is filled with hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom, in the lab, and in the world.
Elon requires students to complete 2 of 5 Elon experiences. Those experiences include internships, undergrad research, global education, leadership, and service. I think Elon has pioneered engaged teaching and learning through a process of recognizing that students can learn through actual engagement with their surrounding community. We want to produce citizens who are actually effective and relevant to the society, knowing that we can gain so much more than what's beyond in the classroom.
I was recently teaching Introduction to Caribbean History, my students started to look at the laws that they saw in the Caribbean, and to compare those to some of the laws that we had in the United States. We were having these deep conversations without fear or guilt or frustration, right? Because it was rooted in this past. But we were able to bring it up to the present in ways that really resonated and were relevant to my students right now. It was magical.
The Elon experiences are important because of the developmental opportunities they provide for students in terms of their professional growth or educational growth and personal growth. And so that's what the Elon experiences provides students is an opportunity to take what they're learning in their disciplines and extend that into the community. And many, many times they're advancing wonderful things like community through that process, whether that be the local community in Alamance County or the global community