Engaged learning makes meaning beyond the classroom for IU students
Dear IU families,
At IU Bloomington, what students learn in the classroom is just the beginning. No matter a student’s major, there’s an engaged learning opportunity that can turn classroom learning into action, providing valuable hands on experience that will prepare a student for whatever comes next.
Engaged learning opportunities include undergraduate research and creative activities, internships, and being involved in the global community through overseas study or service learning. Engaged learners are more likely to graduate, to do so on time, and to report higher levels of satisfaction with their undergraduate experience than students who miss out on these opportunities.
The IU Bloomington Campus Strategic Plan recognized the important role of engaged learning and outlined a new goal: by 2020 every graduate will have at least one engaged learning experience. Engaged learning is now business as usual at Indiana University.
Through engaged learning opportunities, students can craft a unique academic experience enabling them to connect deeply with their academics and their faculty. By putting theory to practice in new contexts, engaged learning opportunities build knowledge, develop desirable transferable skills, and forge meaningful connections to academic work—experiences that will benefit students whether they intend to enter the workforce or pursue post-graduate studies.
Right now, your student is planning out the remainder of their four years at IU Bloomington with guidance from academic advisors (and your encouragement), and the list of available options for majors and minors is seemingly limitless. We hope that they (and you) will make time to investigate engaged learning opportunities and to build those into their Indiana University career. Academic advisors and faculty members can help students understand their engaged learning options and find a good fit.
Engaged learning relies heavily on the willingness of our outstanding faculty members to mentor students, and to share their knowledge, research, and excitement for learning. You can find out much more about the variety of available opportunities by visiting the Engaged Learning website.