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Experiential Learning in Biology

Experience-based teaching and learning

Experiential learning is experience-based teaching and learning opportunities for faculty, students and community members that utilize best teaching practices and promote student success. Experiential learning opportunities also provide: hands-on learning; resume and network building; opportunities to build student and faculty relationships, community connections and awareness; cultural immersion; and parts of courses provide recognition on transcripts.

Examples of Experiential Learning in the Biological Sciences

  • Service Learning
  • Some biology courses include a service-learning component, a teaching methodology in which faculty connect course learning outcomes to meet identified community needs. Students gain real-world experience and receive Academic Service-Learning Designations on their transcripts.
  • Biodiversity and Biomedical Clubs
  • Honors Program Courses
  • Honors courses allow for smaller-sized classes in which the same learning outcomes will be met as non-Honors sections, but in addition, the skills of:  reflective learning,  written and oral communication skills, higher-ordered learning, affiliation with a particular discipline, independent thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving will be emphasized.
  • Field Study Courses
  • Research Opportunities
  • Field Trips

For more information on experiential learning opportunities at GRCC, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning.

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