Experiential Learning

This section covers experiential learning and teaching at Ithaca College. Whether you’re new to experiential learning or experienced in this area, you’ll find lots of resources available on and off campus.

What's in this section?

Experiential learning is more than just learning by doing.  Reflection, critical analysis, and synthesis are important parts of the process. Learn more about experiential learning, why it is important, and types of experiences in "What is experiential learning?"  

If you are new to experiential learning, see, "Getting started with experiential learning" for a summary of competency models, goal setting, roles, challenges, and some useful tips.

See some examples of experiential learning at Ithaca College.  IC has some are internal resources, offices, and internship opportunities to support you and your students.

See external resources on experiential learning to dig deeper and explore journals and books on the scholarship of experiential learning.


Experiential Learning:  Experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.

Service Learning: Service-learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meaningfully addresses community-identified needs and then critically reflect on this service activity to further understand course content, more broadly appreciate the academic discipline, and significantly enhance their sense of civic responsibility. - Bringle and Hatcher

Establish Ithaca College as a leader in practice and performance by expanding experiential learning opportunities across the curriculum, college operations, and real-world problems in the community.

Ithaca Forever Strategic Goal 4C


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Credit: Arhlene Flowers, Faculty In Residence, Center for Faculty Excellence