Augusta University’s inaugural quality enhancement plan, Learning by Doing, enhances student learning and offers a leadership certificate for undergraduate students who engage in new coursework, achieve new learning outcomes, and are exposed to new experiential learning opportunities. The plan will broaden its impact on student learning through a comprehensive effort to develop faculty as innovative teachers who integrate experiential learning. Read the full plan here.
Within Learning by Doing, experiential learning is defined as directed reflection on learning by doing. While experiential learning has been highly discussed among academics in recent years due to the national emphasis of high-impact educational practices, the concept of experiential learning dates at least as far back as Julius Caesar's oft quoted maxim, "experience is the teacher of all things." These learning experiences can occur in a variety of settings and environments, ranging from in-class games and hands-on activities to service learning and collaborative projects to research projects and internships.
At the same time, leaders are grown from experience. Reflection on ones experiences is a critical component in both experiential learning and developing students as burgeoning leaders. Students who pursue the Leadership Certificate will reflect on their experiences throughout the program through assignments, journaling, and other opportunities.
SLO 1. Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate purpose, knowledge, and objectives to a target or general audience using oral, written, or visual means.
SLO 2. Students will acquire, integrate, and apply information from a variety of sources.
SLO 3. Student will explain selected leadership theories or models as related to the students own leadership development/experience.
SLO 4. Students will exhibit behaviors that distinguish competent professionals.
The program has been designed so that students can earn the Leadership Certificate while completing their Bachelors degree programs. The newly established leadership course, LDRS 2000, can be taken as a free elective in the core curriculum, and students can choose courses in their major that have been enhanced to apply the experiential learning principles of Learning by Doing. The graphic above illustrates a recommended path for completing the requirements; students should work with their advisors and faculty in their programs to ensure timely progression to their baccalaureate degrees.
Learning by Doing will broaden its impact on student learning through a comprehensive effort to develop faculty as innovative teachers who integrate experiential learning. While the Leadership Certificate serves as the central and most visible component of this quality enhancement plan, even students not pursuing the certificate will benefit. The institution is committing resources to develop and recognize faculty efforts to enhance their own teaching skills as well as for supporting their direct contributions to Learning by Doing. Additionally, the Experiential Learning Director will collaborate with the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence (OFDTE) to leverage existing faculty development programs as well as establish new opportunities and events.