Experiential Learning in Waco and Beyond
Through Engaged Learning courses, students discover opportunities to cultivate scholarly interests and address community needs through learning beyond the classroom and in service of the public good. These classes illuminate various pathways to excellence for students who want to connect the transformational work they do in the classroom to opportunities for immersion, application, and engagement beyond it—locally and globally.
Faculty and staff from a variety of academic departments instruct students in how to envision their Baylor academic journey for the good of the world. These courses are designed to equip students with the pathways to orient their education toward human flourishing and to begin developing the purpose, character, and innovative mindsets that foster excellence together. In concert with academic reading and discussion, students will work with a variety of organizations and projects to learn about and begin to address real needs and persistent challenges in our community.
Making a Fair Trade
Together with the Center for Global Engagement, Missions, Service and Public Life, and Intercultural Engagement in Student Life, the Office of Engaged Learning at Baylor is a sponsoring member of the Community Based Global Learning Collaborative and works across the university to align engagement efforts with the CBGL Fair Trade Learning model in building just, inclusive, and sustainable communities. Faculty who would like to teach Engaged Learning courses and participate in the CBGL Collaborative working group should contact Dr. Emily Hunt-Hinojosa. Beginning in spring 2024, students who would like to serve as a peer instructor in Engaged Learning courses are first required to take PPS 1100-14, Community-Based Global Learning
OEL works closely with organizations in Waco to develop strategies for improving our community and encourages faculty and staff to connect courses to the excellent work being done by community partners.
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