News Category: Experiential Learning

Feburary FIC Programs Starting Up

Jan. 28, 2021

The latest FIC newsletter includes Director Dr. Molly Hatcher's spring semester reflections, a spring flyer with programming details, and FIC partner news.

FIC Hosts Workshops on Experiential Learning

April 22, 2019

On Friday, April 19, the FIC partnered with the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) to host the first Experiential Learning Workshop. 35 attendees from across the campus, including Provost Maurie McInnis, gathered to discuss experiential learning. The workshop was the first in a series that will continue for several semesters.

A Pedagogical Quest: My Experience with the Faculty Innovation Center

Feb. 8, 2019

When I joined the Army in 2006, entering the United States Military Academy as a Cadet, I never dreamt that I would one day be teaching at an institution of higher education. I was fortunate to be chosen by the Army to teach at the University of Texas at Austin and have been teaching since August of 2017. I quickly learned however, the Army method of instruction and collegiate instruction were more than slightly different.

Introducing Context: Experiential Learning in Civil Engineering

Jan. 11, 2019

How are faculty at UT-Austin designing experiential learning with real-world characteristics for students?  The following news post is an edited version of an interview conducted by the FIC with Dr. Amit Bhasin and Dr. Stephen Boyles (Cockrell School of Engineering) in which they discuss the ways they redesigned a Civil Engineering course to take advantage of these opportunities.   

The BeaUTiful Campaign: Undergraduate Research and Public Health

Dec. 7, 2018

For the final project in our "Introduction to Public Health" class in Public Health at UT, we were asked to team up and present an issue in public health at the end of the semester.  Teams needed to collaborate with organizations or professionals in an effort to create an impact within the community.  For example, some teams presenting about healthier food choices reached out to local markets in an effort to create a farmer’s market stand on campus.

Building Together: Experiential Learning Across the Disciplines

April 13, 2018

How do we bring students together to address real world issues and give them experience working in interdisciplinary teams?  A core hallmark of experiential learning involves giving students the opportunity to see how their work in the classroom can have a real impact on contemporary issues and concerns.  At UT-Austin, faculty members are exploring ways in which students can not only see how their work could have an impact, but also how they might work across disciplines and in a context that they are likely to encounter in their future professions.  

The "Phebe Martin" Archival Project and the College Experience

Jan. 26, 2018

In the past few years we’ve used the term “college experience” with increasing frequency, this to distinguish it from high school, work, on line, vacation or other “experience.” We value it. We promote it. Yet in reading casually I haven’t really nailed down its meaning.  This leaves me to develop a definition that fits my own teaching practice. Specifically, I’ve been experimenting with setting stages for students to “do” history.

Mining the Past, Minding the Present: Learning on Site

Nov. 17, 2017

The School or Architecture at UT-Austin has engaged in an initiative that fosters relationships and learning experiences with Mexico and Latin-America. Faculty interest in this area of the world has become more robust in recent years.  I was fortunate to join this effort in the fall of 2013 when I became part of the faculty at UTSoA. Mexico is an area of focus for my research, and I have been eager to share the opportunities that Mexico can offer to broaden the vision of our students about global issues of heritage preservation and conservation of historic buildings.

Internships and Academics: Discovering How My Passions Can Shape My Life

Oct. 20, 2017

My first internship was at the Texas Capitol in the Spring of my freshman year. At the time, my major was economics, and I wanted to dive into the fields that were congruent with what I was studying: government and finance. I had always been interested in politics, and this seemed like a good place to start. Initially I was assigned administrative work—typical intern tasks—but that work allowed me to slowly prove myself to the Senator and earn the independence to engage in important research and bill-related work.