Become a TrailBlazer


This year, Valdosta State University is launching a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focused on experiential learning for students. This program will feature a large number of experiential learning opportunities for students to deepen their level of learning at VSU. The QEP Team will work with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and the University Advising teams to identify appropriate opportunities for students. Some Experiential Learning activities will occur in courses while others are embedded in co-curricular activities and student organizations such as the Student Government Association (SGA). Students who successfully complete Experiential Learning opportunities will be known as TrailBlazers.

TrailBlazer

(noun): the first person to do something or go somewhere, who shows that it is also possible for other people (Cambridge Dictionary)

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. Experiential learning encompasses a variety of activities including internships, service learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences. Well-planned, supervised, and assessed experiential learning programs can stimulate academic inquiry by promoting interdisciplinary learning, civic engagement, career development, cultural awareness, leadership, and other professional and intellectual skills. Additionally, according to U.S. News & World Report, experiential learning can help students develop the “soft skills” that employers seek in new hires, who must learn to navigate the world of work as well as demonstrate task performance skills.[1]


[1] https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2019-04-10/how-to-find-college-courses-that-teach-soft-skills 

Check Out the Upcoming Experiential Learning Workshops!

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