Sep 27, 2017
Update on REAL experiential learning initiative
The steering committee tasked with helping shape VCU's Relevant Experiential and Applied Learning (REAL) initiative have released their findings and recommendations in a new report.
Originally conceptualized thanks in large part to student feedback, REAL represents a conscious effort by the university to build more practical experiences into VCU's curriculum.
Among the highlights of the committee's report include a recommendation that REAL center around four central themes:
- Serve: activities that incorporate community engagement and service opportunities
- Discover: activities that closely unite academic goals with a sense of inquiry and exploration
- Create: activities that encourage innovative, critical thinking as well as collaboration with other disciplines
- Career: activities that tie student academic goals to authentic, real-world work happening in the field
The report also recommends that the university dedicate the 2017-18 academic year to planning for REAL's implementation, with the official launch of the initiative to come sometime after that.