Immersive Experiences provide students with rich, impactful experiential learning opportunities that move beyond regular classroom instruction. These experiences may be on or off campus, for credit or not, and they may or may not be paid. Essential elements of Immersive Experiences include initial preparation/training, mentoring throughout the experience, and culminating reflection and ePortfolio entries. Students are called upon to take an active role in their transferable skill-development, as well as their personal and professional growth; facilitators for these experiences are called upon to ensure that student learning outcomes are met, that all students receive mentoring, and that students can articulate the value of their overall experience.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe how the Immersive Experience connects to at least two Transferable Skills.
2. Reflect on how the experience helped further their personal goals, professional goals, and ability to contribute in a broader context.
3. Explain to an external audience how the specific knowledge, skills, or abilities learned during the experience are relevant to future endeavors.
1. An Immersive Experience is an intentionally chosen activity that includes time outside traditional classroom instruction, wherein the student takes an active role in constructing their own knowledge and understanding. An Immersive Experience fosters personal and professional growth by challenging students to learn through experience, expand their skill set, and identify their ability to contribute in a broader context.
2. A student must complete a minimum of 45 hours to fulfill all the components of the Immersive Experience.
3. Mentors guide a student throughout the experience and evaluate how effectively the student has met the learning outcomes.
4. This activity must be in the pre-approved Immersive Experience collection, or a student must seek pre-approval for the Immersive Experience through a CAPC application.
5. Students participate in training or mentoring sessions prior to and during the experience, as well as a post-experience reflection, career and purpose clarifying building session.
6. Students document their Immersive Experiences in an eportfolio which
a) includes a statement of a student’s intentionality to embark on this experience and seek opportunities to develop particular skills as well as personal and professional goals.
b) includes artifacts from the experience itself
c) includes reflection addressing the manner in which the Student Learning Outcomes
d) includes a summary for an external audience on how the specific knowledge, skills or abilities gained during the experience are relevant to future endeavors.