Applied learning refers to an educational approach whereby students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories and models. Students apply knowledge and skills gained from traditional classroom learning to hands-on and/or real-world settings, creative projects or independent or directed research, and in turn apply what is gained from the applied experience to academic learning. The applied learning activity can occur outside of the traditional classroom experience and/or be embedded as part of a course of study or program.
Below are the various types of applied learning experiences students can be involved in at Buffalo State. Where available links to get more information are provided. Students are encouraged to also contact their academic department about applied learning experiences.
Applied learning experiences for which a student may earn academic credit in an agreed-upon, short-term, supervised workplace activity. May be related to a student’s major or area of interest and can be full- or part-time, on or off campus, paid or unpaid, or for credit or non-credit bearing.
A period of practical/field experience in health care and community agencies with faculty supervision focusing on individual patients/clients or groups reflecting diverse settings.
A period of practical or field experience undertaken in academic, professional or community settings/agencies/organizations as part of an academic course of study.
Teacher candidates participate in a range of diverse school and community-based activities that connect theory and practice through reflection to develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to become effective educators.
A credit-bearing educational strategy that integrates meaningful community service with course instruction and reflection to enrich learning and strengthen communities.
Volunteerism and community service performed by students for community benefit. This service can be, but is not necessarily integrated with a particular program of study.
A teaching and learning focus on educating students as global citizens by including meaningful civic education and activities into courses or programs.
A capstone, senior project, performance, or other creative work that occurs as an experience for a student in an accredited class, course of study or program.
Scholarly and/or creative inquiry or investigation conducted by students that advances our knowledge and makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
Students in an entrepreneurship program develop a broad-based entrepreneurial skill relevant to any organization; uncovering new opportunities that are then applied to provide value.
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Collection of information outside of an experimental or lab setting, often conducted in natural settings or environments. The projects include inquiry, design, investigation, discovery and application.
An instructional program delivered in either an overseas or domestic location other than the home institution. Can be a semester-long or intercession sequence of courses.
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