EXLN 201: Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE)

The Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE) is a course designed for second-year students who would like to gain individualized support and guidance in the process of defining areas of interest, setting career-related goals, and applying for off-campus internships, jobs, and other opportunities. Students in RISE will enroll in one of the EXLN 201 sessions during the academic term, attend class sessions throughout the term, and receive a grade at the end of the semester (RISE will no longer use in-progress grading; this is a change from previous years). Please contact Nicole Kendrick for questions.

BY THE END OF THE COURSE STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Use particular tools and knowledge to navigate a range of professional development resources.

  • Define areas of interest, set goals, and identify experiences that will support goal attainment.
  • Utilize relevant and valuable advice on their professional pursuits in order to develop application materials and apply to career-related experiences with confidence. 
  • Practice and refine articulation of personal narrative to support their application process and strengthen them as a candidate for internships, jobs, and other career-related experiences.
  • Take their next step and move confidently towards (or away) from a chosen career field.

EXLN 301: Experiential Learning Seminar

Students who have completed an approved experiential learning activity may enroll in the Experiential Learning Seminar. In this course, we will engage in a series of reflective conversations aimed to create space where students can articulate and refine their narratives surrounding an experiential learning activity, while learning from each other. This course will offer continued career preparation, professional development advice, and support for students who are applying for their next internship, job, volunteer, or leadership experience. This course will culminate with the creation and presentation of a showcase ePortfolio. At the end of this course, students will be able to move confidently toward or away from a chosen career path and will have the ability to confidently articulate what they have learned through their experience and how it has informed their goals moving forward.

BY THE END OF THE COURSE, STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
  • Connect a previous experiential learning activity to academic disciplinary learning. 
  • Identify impactful learning experiences gained through their experience, and thoughtfully reflect upon how those experiences have shaped understanding of self and others.
  • Articulate a compelling narrative of learning through the use of ePortfolio and present their work to the campus community.
  • Create a professional and dynamic ePortfolio that could be shared with potential employers, graduate school applications, or with other professional contacts.
  • Gain professional confidence to leverage their experience in order to take the next step in their career journey.

EXLN 350: Internship Seminar

Students who have an internship secured during the fall or spring semesters have an opportunity to gain academic credit by enrolling in the Experiential Learning Internship Seminar (EXLN 350). In the Internship Seminar, students earn between 0.25 and 1 unit of academic credit for participating in an off-campus internship and joining a learning community designed to help them get the most out of their experience. Please contact Nicole Kendrick for questions.

BY THE END OF THE COURSE, STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
  • Identify and provide specific examples of the knowledge and skills gained.
  • Reflect upon and articulate how learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom have shaped their understanding of self and others.
  • Connect knowledge gained from the classroom to their internship experience and articulate how these various learning experiences have informed and supported their goals moving forward. 
  • Demonstrate learning and growth through your ePortfolio and develop a strong professional narrative that will support them as they take a step toward their next career-related goal.