DCAL partners with faculty and co-curricular educators to resource, promote, and assess intentional, reflective, high-impact learning experiences in and beyond the classroom. The following programs and services support Dartmouth educators in integrating experiential learning opportunities into existing courses and programs.


A Social Impact Practicum is a course-connected, project-based opportunity that allows faculty to integrate academic and experiential learning while addressing the needs of local community organizations in the Upper Valley. Staff at the Dartmouth Center for Service (DCS) have worked with over 25 community organizations to identify their needs and have created a bank of specific projects that link well to the skills and knowledge gained in Dartmouth courses. Faculty who include a Social Impact Practicum in their course receive several layers of support, including:

  • $2,000+ faculty stipend to support time on teaching and learning
  • Social Impact Learning Fellow to help facilitate community partnership development, logistics, and reflection activities
  • Private consultation and access to 85+ projects to determine the best Social Impact Practicum for your course
  • Dedicated faculty-community partner liaison at Dartmouth's Center for Service to coordinate SIP communication
  • Ongoing support from DCAL, Instructional Design, and other on-campus partners, as needed

To learn more about this program, contact Ashley Doolittle, Ph.D., Associate Director of Academic and Service Engagement, at [email protected] or 603-646-2186.


Dartmouth faculty can now request Learning Fellows to support active and experiential learning in undergraduate courses. Learning Fellows are talented Dartmouth undergraduates interested in teaching and education. Learning Fellows work directly with Dartmouth professors to enhance and streamline classroom learning environments. In class, Learning Fellows help facilitate group problem solving sessions, lead small group dialogues, provide academic support to their peers during lectures and labs, and promote deeper engagement with course material. There are several types of Learning Fellows on campus, each trained to address specific needs of faculty and students:

  • General Learning Fellows serve in big and small courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, helping to facilitate small group activities in class.
  • Social Impact Learning Fellows are trained by the Dartmouth Center for Service to help faculty and students make connections in the local community.
  • Media Learning Fellows are trained by the Media Production Group to help faculty and students work with digital and online media.

To learn more about this program, contact Kes Schroer, Ph.D., Instructional Designer and Learning Fellows Program Director, at [email protected] or 603-646-8876. Visit for more information about the program.



The Book Arts Workshop teaches letterpress printing, bookbinding, illustration techniques and other aspects of making books and other printed materials, whether it is through analogue or digital means. Aside from being a place where students can come and learn about books and printing out of curiosity or fun, the Book Arts Workshop works with faculty to create hands-on experiences for their classes. There is no fee to use the studios during open studio times or to attend workshops. Materials and equipment are provided.

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In recognition of the unique experiential value that the performing arts bring to classroom curriculum, DCAL can underwrite the ticket costs for your class to attend a Hop Visiting Artist, Student Ensemble or Theater Department performance, or a MET Opera and National Theatre Live HD broadcast. If your students are required to attend—and there are no departmental or other funds to cover ticket costs—you are eligible for support from the DCAL/Hop Experiential Learning Fund. Funding is first-come, first-served and faculty tickets will continue to be underwritten by the Hop. You and your students will be invited to reflect on the experiential learning value of the experience afterwards. To request tickets for your class, email [email protected] with the events you are interested in and the approximate number of tickets needed. Hop staff will send you a link to a short online form to complete the request.

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