Engaged learning is the integration of traditional classroom teaching with experiential learning opportunities for students. This approach to higher education can have a variety of applications for student, faculty, or community partners, depending on their discipline or level of involvement. For more information about and examples of engaged learning at UVU, visit our student, faculty and community pages.
In 2007, UVU was designated as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged institution. The university joined approximately 150 other colleges and universities across the country to partner more effectively with our local and regional communities. Visit the Carnegie Foundation page for more information on our institutional classification.
A variety of programs across campus provide support for engaged learning activities. The university’s Grants for Engaged Learning program provides approximately $400,000 annually to support student and faculty projects. For more information on selection criteria and how to apply for funding, please visit Grants for Engaged Learning.
Engaged learning provides students with a rich and meaningful educational experience. No matter what a student chooses to study, he or she can find an engaged learning experience at UVU. Read more about students’ engaged learning experiences at our story portal.
There are a number of university and department-wide programs that support engaged learning activities. Information and applications can be found on our faculty page.
The Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence (FCTE) provides services such as advising and consultation, faculty mentoring, access to funding resources, adjunct support, activities, events and other teaching resources. Details can be found at the FCTE website.
Recognizing undergraduate research as an increasingly important aspect of higher education, the Office of Engaged Learning provides resources for students to participate in cutting edge research in their field of study. Information on research opportunities along with information on past projects, a calendar of related events and additional resources can be found at the Undergraduate Research website.
Institutional funding for engaged learning projects is provided through the Office of Engaged Learning. Visit uvu.edu/oel for more information on specific programs. Student are also encouraged to visit with their instructors regarding further opportunities.
Examples of engaged learning experiences at UVU are available on our student, faculty and community pages and on our story portal. Success stories of specific projects funded by the Grants for Engaged Learning program can be found on the GEL website.
The Grants for Engaged Learning program supports projects that promote collaborative learning and problem-solving activities. These projects are intended to provide solutions and benefits to our local, regional and global communities. Visit the GEL website for more information.
There are a number of ways to approach community-based learning. On the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center website, faculty members can post volunteer needs or submit service-learning proposals under the “Community” section. You might also inquire about local opportunities through Internship Services. Lastly, the Institute for Professional Engagement can provide ideas for getting experience beyond the classroom.
A good place to start is Volunteer & Service-Learning Center, which is dedicated to providing service and service-learning opportunities for UVU students, faculty, and staff. The center works to increase social and cultural awareness, build a sense of community commitment, and extend meaningful educational opportunities to students. On the center’s website you can find resources specifically for students or faculty.
UVU offers several avenues for hands-on experience and career tools. Internship Services offers a deep pool of internship information and resources, a job board and more. The Career Development Center features job fairs, resume help and other job search resources. Lastly, the Institute for Professional Engagement is built to provide students with opportunities for professional exploration and experience.
For ideas on how to get involved with UVU’s engagement mission, please visit our community resources section and learn about the numerous departments on campus that frequently collaborate with community members to strengthen our commitment to engaged learning, such as the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center, Internship Services, University Project, and more.
The University Project leverages the resources, talent, and energy of UVU to partner with key community partners to tackle challenging problems facing our region. The University Project initiative aligns UVU with key community partners on a multi-year project. To find out how you can get involved, visit the University Project site.
The Student Engagement Initiative, an effort to integrate conferences, lectures, symposia, colloquia, workshops, and other co-curricular events into targeted university curriculum, hosts videos of past events, resources, and schedules for participating events. Additionally, please visit the UVU Event Calendar to stay up-to-date on activities campus-wide.
The Office of Engaged Learning was designed to oversee the development of engaged learning and to ensure its long-term success across the university. The office oversees a number of engagement-related initiatives, including: Civic Engagement Strategy, Engagement Council, Grants for Engaged Learning, and the Student Engagement Initiative.