DCAL is offering small one-time grants to support faculty in the development and implementation of new experiential learning activities in current Dartmouth courses. Preference will be given for activities focused on community building and student interaction, and/or examining/addressing systemic racism. This grant program is funded by DCAL's Experiential Learning Initiative.
As a pedagogical approach, experiential learning requires students to actively and iteratively apply and reflect on the concepts, knowledge, and skills acquired in their course of study. It provides students with opportunities to confront the uncertainties, complexities, and challenges of bringing theory into praxis, and translating ideas into social application.
Recent grants have supported the purchase of materials for course projects, honoraria for guest speakers, and software subscriptions to enable collaborative work. Funds can be used for any material or activity needed to facilitate experiential learning opportunities that meet the criteria outlined below.
Applications maybe submitted for any upcoming term and priority will be given to requests received at least two week prior to the start of the term in which the course is offered.
Preview application here (PDF).
Applications must address the criteria below.
Applicant must be an instructor teaching an approved Dartmouth course during the 22/23 academic year.
The proposed augmentation of the course must satisfy DCAL's definition of experiential learning by including the following components:
Students intentionally engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, or physically in a direct experience
Students have the opportunity to take initiative, make decisions, problem solve, and be accountable for the results
Students conceptualize and critically reflect on the experience
An experiential learning activity must be designed to promote student learning and development. Specifically, experiential learning at Dartmouth should demonstrate a positive impact on students' confidence and abilities to:
Innovate, take risks, and learn from failure
Work effectively with people from very different backgrounds, cultures, and life situations
Understand the importance of deep thinking and the power of the intellect to address the world's most difficult issues
Effectively communicate about complex issues and objectives
Apply multiple disciplines and perspectives to a complex problem or opportunity
For the benefit of dissemination to the Dartmouth community, applicants will share the story of their experiential learning activities in partnership with DCAL.
Proposals should detail a budget with a maximum award of $5,000 or as funding allows.