Experiential Learning Institute

Experiential learning provides learners real world and hands-on opportunities preparing them for an ever-changing and diverse world. The purpose of experiential learning is to actively engage the learner through relevant and ongoing experience, critical problem solving and reflective practices. Learners who engage in experiential learning are more likely to persist through their college experience, graduate, and become lifelong, self-directed learners.

The Experiential Learning Institute (ELI) exists to expand experiential learning college-wide, which began in 2016. The Institute collaborates with both on-campus and community stakeholders to engage students and the community, locally, nationally and globally. The connects the community and NMC by seeking creative partnerships, serving ongoing community needs, and preparing learners for future employment.

The Strategic Plan has been approved by the NMC Board of Trustees and the ELI's goal is that every credential-seeking student will benefit from at least one ELO (Experiential Learning Opportunity) by September, 2024. ELOs can occur in courses, internships, apprenticeships, community research, service learning, international students, cocurricular/extracurricular, activities, and other campus activities.

Experiential Learning Institute Newsletters

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March 2023 - Latest Edition

Upcoming Experiential Learning Events

LINK: NMC Student Activities Calendar

  • Student Connect International Tea Time on April 5
    • 9:15 a.m. in Osterlin by the International Services & Service Learning Offices
  • Thriving Thursday - Mindfulness on April 6
    • 12:30 p.m. in the Timothy J Nelson Innovation Center Rm 106
  • Big Little Hero Race on April 22

Past Events

  • National Apprenticeship Week: November 14–20
  • Walk for Health and Housing: November 16
  • Food for Thought Thanks-for Giving Project: November 21
  • Study Abroad Poster Contest Winner Displays: November 30
  • Rotaract Holiday Card Decorating: December 1
  • Baja Event: December 6 and January 28
  • Student Connect International Tea: December 7
  • Rotaract Monthly Meeting: December 7 & February 1
  • Navigating the Career Fair: February 27 & 28
  • Career Fair: March 2
  • Holi Lunch and Learn: March 8
  • Free Professional Headshots: March 9
  • LinkedIn Sessions with Chaim Shapiro: March 16
  • Service Learning Smaller Modules: March 17
  • Student Connect International Tea: March 22

NMC psychology student in an experiential learning class
Experiential Learning Flips Classroom Scripts

Since late 2016, a core group of faculty have been working to take EL to critical mass campus-wide.