How does experiential learning...

...happen in the classroom?

BHSU faculty create experiential learning activities for students to complete in general education classes and in required courses across the majors, including:

Academic Service Learning integrates meaningful community service combined with instruction and reflection, while teaching civic responsibility, encouraging life-long learning and strengthening communities.

Community Based Research is conducted between trained “student experts" and members of a community. This type of experimentation can provide an authentic observation and field experience for the learner. 

Problem Based Learning supports the application of learned facts, while creating significant learning experiences to encourage critical thinking and to connect interdisciplinary knowledge to real life cases, social problems, and current issues.

Real World Simulations are instructional scenarios where the learner is placed in a "world" defined by the professor. Simulations help students understand and use the nuances of a concept, principle, or circumstance. 

Creative Expression refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, solution, artwork, literary work, performance) that adds value.

What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning is also known as xLearning! BHSU defines it as “engaged learning that blends theory and coursework with minds-on, hands-on real world experience.” Through experiential learning activities, assignments and events, BHSU students:

Develop skills in leadership and project management 

Learn by doing 

Increase understanding of their academic study 

Integrate the classroom into the real world

Develop socially-responsive intellectual skills that require adaptability, sophisticated knowledge, problem-solving capacities, and life-long learning skills

Actively engage in an authentic experience that contributes in making a positive difference in a real life situation 

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When can students...

...develop their own experiential learning project?
BHSU students can initiate an experiential learning project anytime while earning a degree. Find out how!

Where does experiential learning...

...happen beyond the classroom?
Experiential learning happens beyond the classroom by applying academic knowledge to the world when students participate in:

Why does every student...

...engage in experiential learning at BHSU?
Beginning in Fall 2012, Black Hills State University requires all students to engage in experiential learning to meet the institutional general education graduation goal.

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